William I. Gosnell: Brown's Unsung Hero
Baltimore Afro-American, July 6, 2000, p. A6
4 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2012
Date Written: July 6, 2000
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
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