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Friday Fact #8: First black editor

Charles Hamilton Houston was an African-American lawyer and educator instrumental in laying the legal groundwork that led to U.S. Supreme Court rulings outlawing racial segregation in public schools.

A graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Law School.

He was the first black editor of the Harvard Law Review.

He served as special counsel for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

In 1958, the main building of the Howard University School of Law was dedicated as Charles Hamilton Houston Hall.

In 2002, scholar Molefi Kete Asante included Charles Hamilton Houston on his list of1 00 Greatest African Americans.