William I. Gosnell: Brown's Unsung Hero
F. Michael Higginbotham
University of Baltimore School of Law
José F. Anderson
University of Baltimore - School of Law
July 6, 2000
Baltimore Afro-American, July 6, 2000, p. A6
University of Baltimore School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper
Many lawyers worked with the legendary Thurgood Marshall to overturn the Supreme Court's infamous separate but equal doctrine, which had permitted racial segregation in schools and public accommodations. But while most Americans are aware of Marshall's contribution, few recognize the name of his colleague, William I. Gosnell.
Born in Carroll County, Maryland, Gosnell graduated from the University of Chicago Law School. He was co-counsel with Marshall and Charles Hamilton Houston, legal director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Pearson vs. Murray, the landmark school desegregation case.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 4
Keywords: William I. Gosnell, Brown v. Board of Education, civil rights, racial segregation, schools, Thurgood Marshall, Charles Hamilton Houston, black lawyers, University of Maryland, Donald Murray, equal protection, legal history, NAACP
JEL Classification: K19, K39, K49, I29Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: April 30, 2012
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