Charles Hamilton Houston, in 1923 became the first African American to graduate from the Harvard Law School . In 1935 this distinguished attorney edited the Harvard Law Review before President Obama had been conceived or thought about. Houston was also the first African American to argue a case before the Supreme Court.By Dr. Ada Fisher
Smack dab in the middle of Black History Month, let us be ever vigilant in honoring our past and telling the truth. The myths of President Barack Hussein Obama are beginning while he and Martin Luther King are overshadowing others who made their way possible. The current most glaring bit of misinformation is Obama’s portrayal as the first African American to edit the prestigious Harvard Law Review. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Charles Hamilton Houston, in 1923 became the first African American to graduate from the Harvard Law School . In 1935 this distinguished attorney edited the Harvard Law Review before President Obama had been conceived or thought about. Houston was also the first African American to argue a case before the Supreme Court.
Houston went on to document the injustices of a segregated society in taking a hand held camera through parts of South Carolina to record events which would help rewrite history for African Americans. During his civil rights work he became mentor and motivator to Thurgood Marshall as they laid the arguments against segregation in education. Houston was termed the man who killed Jim Crow for his groundwork was pivotal to the arguments in the Brown vs. Topeka , Kansas 1954 desegregation Supreme Court case.
It is also noted that Attorney Houston became Dean of the Howard University Law School . In addition he was the first general counsel for the NAACP.We must learn our history and insist that it is told accurately as we speak truth to power trying to wipe away the ignorance of misguided generations who would like to forget that history is covered with more heroes than we have willingly acknowledged. Give folks their props, please.
Dr. Ada M. Fisher is a PHYSICIAN, licensed teacher for secondary education in mathematics and science, and NC Republican National COmmitteewoman. Contact her at P. O. Box 777 ; Salisbury , NC 28145 ; DrFisher@DrAdaMFisher.org
HHR NOTE: Dr. Fisher is correct that Obama was not the first black to "EDIT" the Harvard Review but the article is wrong to conclude that Obama was not the first black "Elected" to head Harvard's Law Review.