"A classic. . . . [It] will make an extraordinary contribution
to the improvement of race relations and the understanding of race
and the American legal process."-Judge A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr.,
from the Foreword
Charles Hamilton Houston (1895-1950) left an indelible mark on
American law and society. A brilliant lawyer and educator, he laid
much of the legal foundation for the landmark civil rights
decisions of the 1950s and 1960s. Many of the lawyers who won the
greatest advances for civil rights in the courts, Justice Thurgood
Marshall among them, were trained by Houston in his capacity as
dean of the Howard University Law School. Politically Houston
realized that blacks needed to develop their racial identity and
also to recognize the class dimension inherent in their struggle
for full civil rights as Americans.
Genna Rae McNeil is thorough and passionate in her treatment of
Houston, evoking a rich family tradition as well as the courage,
genius, and tenacity of a man largely responsible for the acts of
"simple justice" that changed the course of American life.
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