Our Namesake

“The problem before the Negro today is not the depths from which he has come but the heights to which he aspires.”
Charles Hamilton Houston, 1934

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Few people recognize Charles Hamilton Houston’s name.

But we all recognize his legacy

  • He was Harvard Law Review’s first black editor
  • Howard University’s dean of law
  • A soldier
  • An attorney
  • The first black lawyer to argue before the United States Supreme Court.
  • He was chief council to the NAACP and a leading architect of the American civil rights movement.

Charles Hamilton Houston was just one man, but his dedication to fighting racial inequality from within the legal system ended a century of “separate but equal” segregation. He was known as “the man who killed Jim Crow.” And he remains the inspiration behind our work.