Separate Is Not Equal - Brown v. Board of Education

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Segregated America
The Battleground
Legal Campaign
  • Howard University
  • Charles Hamilton Houston
  • Preparing for Struggle
  • The NAACP
  • NAACP’s Legal Team
  • “Mr. Civil Rights”
  • Targeting Higher Education
  • Power of Precedent
  • Turning Point
Five Communities Change a Nation
The Decision
Business card of Charles Houston

Business card of Charles Houston

In 1924, after graduating from Harvard, Houston joined his father’s law firm in Washington, D.C. Father and son differed in their business approach. Charles often took on clients who were unable to pay for his services.
(Lent by Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University Archives)

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