Gloria Allred. Civil Rights Lawyer with emphasis on women's rights. "if people call me names I see that as a victory, because i know they don't have any good argument on the merits." "men of quality are not threatened by a woman of equality"
Charles Hamilton Houston,"The Man Who Killed Jim Crow" (if you haven't already seen this film, treat yourself. Check your local library), a renowned civil rights attorney, was widely recognized as the architect of the civil rights strategy that led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1954 decision, Brown v. Board of Education. He was also a mentor to Thurgood Marshall who successfully litigated the pivotal Brown case.
Constance Baker Motley First African American Woman Federal Judge, Leading Civil Rights Lawyer, New York State Senator, Manhattan Borough President, 1st African American Federal Judge U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New Yor, New York, 1st Female Attorney, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Attended Fisk University, B.A. New York University, 1943; L.L.B. Columbia University Law School, 1946. Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc. .
American lawyer and civil rights activist who founded the Children’s Defense Fund in 1973. Edelman attended Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga. (B.A., 1960), and the Yale University Law School (LL.B., 1963). After work registering African-American voters in Mississippi, she moved to New York City as a staff attorney for the Legal Defense and Educational Fund of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Civil rights lawyer Constance Baker Motley fought for landmark civil rights cases that slowly unraveled segregation in mid-century America; notably, she fought for the case that successfully won James Meredith the right to integrate the University of Mississippi in 1962.