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On This Date in Legal History

On September 9, President Eisenhower signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1957. The Act established a Commission to investigate whether persons were being denied their voting or equal protection rights under the law because of their race, color, … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On August 6, 1965, President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law.  Learn about this civil rights legislation at http://1.usa.gov/Nxo1MH and http://bit.ly/1EbC6na. I also encourage you to read how we’ve moved away from this  important legislation at http://vrafortoday.org/.

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Remembering Mary Church Terrell

Mary Church Terrell was an African-American civil rights activist. She fought to desegregate Washington D.C. In 1949, when she and others visited a segregated popular restaurant, John R. Thompson Co., Inc., they refused to serve those who weren’t white. A … Continue reading

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February is National African American History Month

In honor of National African American History Month, I recommend watching the film “Mr. Civil Rights—Thurgood Marshall & The NAACP.”  The film traces Thurgood Marshall’s life as a civil rights attorney. Prior to becoming the first African American Supreme Court … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On January 31, 1919, baseball legend Jackie Robinson was born in Cairo, Georgia.  He’s best remembered for his baseball prowess, but he was also deeply respected off the field for being a tireless and effective advocate of civil rights. Read … Continue reading

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Remembering Justice Thurgood Marshall

On January 24, 1993, former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall (also known as “Mr. Civil Rights”) passed away. He was a revered attorney, civil rights leader, and Supreme Court Justice. To get a glimpse into his life and career watch Biography at http://goo.gl/cfB6FR.

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On This Date in Legal History

In 1946 Ada Lois Sipuel applied to the University of Oklahoma Law School which was funded with taxpayer money. She was an African American woman. On January 14, 1946, she was denied admission solely on the basis of her race. … Continue reading

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Mary Church Terrell

Mary Church Terrell was an African-American civil rights activist. She fought to desegregate Washington D.C. In 1949, she and others visited a segregated popular restaurant, John R. Thompson Co., Inc. The restaurant refused to serve those who weren’t white. A … Continue reading

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Remembering Charles Hamilton Houston

Charles Hamilton Houston was born on September 3, 1895, and died on April 22, 1950. He was a remarkable African-American attorney who played a key role in ending segregation in the United States. He’s probably best remembered (along with former … Continue reading

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Lee Daniels’ The Butler

One extremely entertaining (and educational) way of celebrating Black History Month is by watching Lee Daniels’ The Butler. This historical drama traces the fictional life of a former slave, Cecil Gaines, who becomes a butler for Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1919 baseball legend Jackie Robinson was born in Cairo, Georgia.  He’s best remembered for his baseball prowess, but he was also deeply respected off the field for being a tireless and effective advocate of civil rights. … Continue reading

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Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today we honor civil rights leader Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King.  Watch this ABC news report that covered President Reagan signing into law the bill making Martin Luther King Day a federal holiday at https://goo.gl/ps6sXe.  You can learn more about … Continue reading

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Civil Rights Attorney John Doar

On this date in ­­­1921 John Doar was born. He was a remarkable civil rights attorney. In 2012 President Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. From 1960-1967 he worked as an Assistant Attorney General for the Department of … Continue reading

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Remembering Julian Bond

Julian Bond, a civil rights leader, politician, and former NAACP chairman, died this weekend. He’s best remembered as a civil rights activist, but he also fought for free speech. On June 15,1965, he was elected for the first time to … Continue reading

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Remembering Civil Rights Activist Mary Church Terrell

Mary Church Terrell was an African-American civil rights activist. She fought to desegregate Washington D.C.  In 1949 she and others visited a segregated popular restaurant, John R. Thompson Co., Inc.  As expected, the restaurant refused to serve those who weren’t … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1962 the United States Supreme Court unequivocally stated in Bailey v. Patterson that “no State may require racial segregation of interstate or intrastate transportation facilities.” The Justices explained that would be unconstitutional.

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Civil Rights Attorney John Doar is Remembered

Take a look at today’s New York Times piece entitled, “John Doar, Federal Lawyer on Front Lines Against Segregation, Dies at 92.”   The article pays tribute to Mr. Doar’s tremendous accomplishments in the civil rights area.  Go to http://goo.gl/PZjKWF.

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Effectuating Integration in the Public Schools

On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka ordered the integration of public schools stating, “in the field of public education, the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place.  Separate educational facilities are … Continue reading

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HBO’s “Thurgood”

HBO‘s Thurgood is a one-man show filmed before a live audience at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.  Laurence Fishburne plays Thurgood Marshall, who presumably returns to Howard University School of Law to share his life story with the student … Continue reading

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