Saving the Dream for All: A Tribute to A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr.
Human Rights, Spring 1999, p. 23-24
2 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2012
Date Written: 1999
What a Name. What a Laugh. What a Voice. What a Life. His name was so long it would not fit on any standardized form. His laugh could upset hyenas. His voice made James Earl Jones jealous, His life - what a life he led.
He was a brilliant lawyer, a dynamic speaker, a dedicated teacher, a prolific scholar, and a wise and fair jurist. But what made A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., so special was that he stood against injustice whenever and wherever it existed. Whether the problem was racial discrimination, gender exclusion, religious persecution, child abuse, or poverty, Leon unselfishly advocated for change. From his days as a freshman at Purdue University, where he took his demands that the university provide heat for the racially segregated black swdents housed in an attic of one of the school buildings all the way up to the college president, to his testimony last December in the impeachment trial of William Jefferson Clinton before the U.S. House of Representatives - Leon spoke forcefully for a vision of America that included male and female, white and black, rich and poor, and truth and compassion.
Keywords: judges, biography, Yale Law School, Federal bench, National Bar Association, NAACP, civil rights, equal protection, racial equality, gender equality, Federal Trade Commission, religious toleration, protection of children, eradication of poverty
JEL Classification: K19, K39, K49, J71, J78
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