0 The Charles H. Houston Institute for Race & Justice
- Civil Rights
- by Hugh Smith
Dr. Charles Ogletree, of the Harvard Law School, was recently on the Michael Eric Dyson radio show, to talk about among many other things, his new book: "From Lynch Mobs to the Killing State: Race & The Death Penalty in America."
What caught my ear during the interview was when Dr. Ogletree mentioned "his website," "CharlesHamiltonHouston.org."
Knowing the background of the legendary Houston, It sounded unusual to my ear for Ogletree to reference Houston's name as his website.
Charles H. Houston, (1895-1950), was a premier constitutional lawyer and civil rights pioneer. Under his watch as Dean of the Howard University Law School, many great lawyers were educated, including future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
Houston won the famous 1935 Murray Case, a ruling that opened enrollment up to African American students at the University of Maryland Law School.
The web presence of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice, founded in late 2005, is in a manner of speaking, Dr. Ogletree's website, honoring Houston for his outstanding Twentieth Century contributions.
Professor Ogletree is the founding director, and Executive Director, of the Institute.