CHARLES HAMILTON HOUSTON: A GALLERY
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||Houston as an Army officer during World War I. He was later to
The hate and scorn showered on us Negro officers by our
fellow Americans convinced me that there was no sense in my dying for a
world ruled by them. I made up my mind that if I got through this
war I would study law and use my time fighting for men who could not strike
Houston entered Harvard Law School in the fall of 1919.
|Houston was the first black editor of the Harvard Law
Review. Here, he is shown with the other members of the Law Review
editorial board of 1923, in the back row next to the arch at the right.
||After graduating from the Harvard Law School,
Houston went to the University of Madrid to do post-doctoral work in law.
He later wrote Dean Roscoe Pound from Madrid, asking for his recommendation
to the Howard University Law School, where he was being considered for
a faculty appointment. He was later to become Dean. Some of
Houston's activities during this period are chronicled in a video from
the University of Virginia, The Road to Brown. You can view
a brief excerpt over the Internet. [Note: this is a 7MB MPEG clip
and will take some time to download]
Houston travelled extensively throughout the United States, surveying
the condition and practices of Negro lawyers. During his travels
in the South, he made films of the conditions he encountered. Houston
later solicited Roscoe Pound's comments on a draft of his survey.
|A snapshot from the Maryland State Archives, taken during Houston's
years at Howard. A very young Thurgood Marshall is standing at the
left. Houston is writing, seated at the right. The man in the center
is Donald Murray, who was to become the first black student admitted to
the University of Maryland School of Law.
||Though Houston invited Roscoe Pound to Howard on numerous occasions,
there is no evidence that Pound ever actually visited. The last paragraph
of the letter at the left reads, "Not to be selfish, but I do hope that
you can find time to show you a little bit about our side of America."
Houston argued a number of cases before the Supreme Court: