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Benjamin Lawson Hooks

January 31st in African American History – Benjamin Lawson Hooks

January 31, 1925 Benjamin Lawson Hooks, attorney, minister and civil rights leader, was born in Memphis, Tennessee. After graduating from Howard University in 1944, Hooks joined the Army where he found that the prisoners he was responsible for guarding could eat in restaurants from which he was barred. Hooks graduated from DePaul University College of […]

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Dennis Courtland Haye

January 29th in African American History – Dennis Courtland Hayes

January 29, 1951 Dennis Courtland Hayes, NAACP General Counsel, was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. Hayes earned his Bachelor of Science degree in history in 1973 and his law degree in 1977 from Indiana University. While in law school, he held jobs at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Legal Services Organization.

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Thurgood Marshall

January 24th in African American History – Thurgood Marshall

January 24, 1993 Thurgood Marshall, the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States, died. Marshall was born July 2, 1908 in Baltimore, Maryland. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Lincoln University in 1930 and his Bachelor of Laws degree from Howard University School of Law in 1933. […]

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Eric Himpton Holder, Jr.

January 21st in African American History – Eric Himpton Holder, Jr.

January 21, 1951 Eric Himpton Holder, Jr., the first African American Attorney General of the United States, was born in the Bronx, New York. Holder earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in American history in 1973 from Columbia College and his Juris Doctorate degree in 1976 from Columbia Law School. After graduating from law school, […]

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Levy Patrick Mwanawasa

Levy Patrick Mwanawasa – September 3rd in African American History

September 3, 1948 Levy Patrick Mwanawasa, the third President of Zambia, was born in Mufulira, North Rhodesia. After earning his law degree from the University of Zambia, he worked in private law firms. In 1991, Mwanawasa was elected to Parliament and from that year to 1994 served as Vice President of Zambia. In 2001, Mwanawasa […]

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Charles Hamilton Houston

Charles Hamilton Houston – September 3rd in African American History

September 3, 1895 Charles Hamilton Houston, former Dean of Howard University Law School and NACCP Litigation Director, was born in Washington, D. C. Houston graduated from Amherst College in 1915, where he was valedictorian. In 1917, he enlisted in the U. S. Army and served in Europe during World War I until 1919. He earned […]

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