“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
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.