Charles Hamilton Houston
Known as "the man who killed Jim Crow," Charles Hamilton Houston was born in 1895 in Washington DC. His experience in the segregated US Army convinced him that he had to find a way of fighting discrimination and racism. He went to Harvard Law School, where he was the first Black editor of the Harvard Law Review, and later trained a significant number of Black lawyers at Howard University Law School. He then worked with the NAACP to develop the legal strategy to overthrow Plessy v. Ferguson ("separate but equal"). He died at age 55 in 1950, four years before his protege, Thurgood Marshall, argued against "separate but equal" before the Supreme Court and won.
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