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William I. Gosnell: Brown's Unsung Hero

Baltimore Afro-American, July 6, 2000, p. A6

University of Baltimore School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper

4 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2012  

F. Michael Higginbotham

University of Baltimore - School of Law

José F. Anderson

University of Baltimore - School of Law

Date Written: July 6, 2000

Abstract

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.

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, I29

Suggested Citation

Higginbotham, F. Michael and Anderson, José F., William I. Gosnell: Brown's Unsung Hero (July 6, 2000). Baltimore Afro-American, July 6, 2000, p. A6; University of Baltimore School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2048657

F. Michael Higginbotham (Contact Author)

University of Baltimore - School of Law ( email )

1420 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
United States

Jose F. Anderson

University of Baltimore - School of Law ( email )

1420 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
United States

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