Habari Gani is Swahili for: “What’s the news?”
The NEWS for you is: EMPOWERMENT.
Here’s your EMPOWERMENT LESSON for the week of August 12:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Charles Hamilton Houston
In ADDITION to being the FIRST African American editor of the Harvard Law Review, Charles Hamilton Houston ALSO:
- Graduated Amherst College Phi Beta Kappa (1915); he was the only Black student in his class
- Graduated Harvard Law School cum laude
- Was dean of Howard University Law School
- Served as Special Counsel to the NAACP
- Earned the nickname “The Man Who Killed Jim Crow” for his work in creating the legal strategies that successfully challenged school segregation.
Extra tidbits: Houston’s work with the NAACP brought him in proximity to almost every civil rights case brought before the Supreme Court (1930-1954). Houston was also known for serving as future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall’s mentor. Charles Houston was widely credited as the architect of Brown v. Board of Education. The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, and the Charles Hamilton Houston Bar Association at Harvard University were named in his honor (2005).