While idenpdfied more with the national legal struggle against race
discrimination during the 1930s and 1940s, Charles Hamilton Houston also
served as a focal point of that struggle in Maryland. As head of the legal
division of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
(NAACP), the Harvard-trained Houston directed many of the civil rights
organization's early court battles of the 1930s, like Murray v. Pearson.
Simultaneously, as mentor to the crop up young lawyers (Thurgood Marshall
and Donald Murray, included) Houston represented the ideological bridge
between the traditional thrust of civil rights litigation (equality of
opportunity in spite of segregation) to the post-World War II aim of destroying
"jim crow" segregation altogether.
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