Forthcoming 2014 • ISBN: 978-1-59460-985-5
Tags: Legal History
Most people that have even heard of Charles Hamilton Houston know him as an outstanding Supreme Court lawyer for the N.A.A.C.P. that killed "Jim Crow." He mentored the nation's first African American Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and was the architect of the legal strategy that resulted in Brown v. Board of Education. There is, however, so much more to know about this Harvard Law School educated African American lawyer. This deeply personal biography, assisted by the Houston family, has provided a more complete picture of Charles Houston beyond his role in the elimination of legal segregation in America.
Praised by Presidents and Supreme Court Justices, Houston also transformed American law in labor, criminal justice, and freedom of association. Through his representation of alleged Communists, Hollywood screen writers, world-renowned performers and death row inmates, he also helped lay the foundation for the Supreme Court's progressive revolution of the 1950s and 1960s.
Houston developed the roadmap for advocacy organization of all kinds to seek legal vindication of their rights by the use of test cases in courts. In a remarkable legal career that spanned about 25 years, he transformed legal education, the nation's courts and the constitution and its Bill of Rights until his untimely death in April 1950. This biography sheds important light on one of the country's most remarkable unsung heroes and perhaps the greatest lawyer in American history.