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Black History Month


This February, the LRC celebrates Black History Month with a focus on the numerous contributions of Black Americans to the legal profession. This LibGuide features recommended readings from our collection on trailblazers in the law, as well as a look at the writings of Dr. Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950), widely considered to be the "Father of Black History." Woodson's early efforts to bring attention to African American history led to the 1926 designation of "Negro History Week" during the second week in February, ultimately expanding to a month-long observance each February.

Listed from left to right, top to bottom: Loretta Lynch, Constance Motley, Fred Gray, Charles Hamilton Houston, Paulette Brown, Thurgood Marshall, Clarence Thomas, Jane Bolin, Barak Obama.

Photos from left to right, top to bottom: Loretta Lynch, former Attorney General of the US; Constance Motley, US District Judge for the Southern District of New York; Fred Gray, civil rights attorney; Charles Hamilton Houston, civil rights attorney and dean of Howard University School of Law; Paulette Brown, former President of the American Bar Association; Thurgood Marshall, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the US; Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the US; Jane Bolin, judge on the New York City Family Court; Barak Obama, former President of the US.

Online Resources

Multimedia Resources

Books Celebrating Black Trailblazers in the Law

Landmark Cases in Black History

Top U.S. Supreme Court Cases of Black American History


Top U.S. Supreme Court Cases of Black American History

These Landmark Cases Give Perspective to
Protests on Discrimination and Justice Nominations

By Dr. Nathan Hardy

Brown v. Board of Education Timeline

The timeline provides an overview of events related to Brown v. Board of Education, from 1849-2003.

Separate Is Not Equal - Brown v. Board of Education / Smithsonian National Museum of American History Behring Center