Houston's Victory in "Eyes on the Prize"
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The paper relates that one of the central strategies pursued in the 1950s was civil litigation as a way of forcing change where legislative methods had so far failed. The paper looks at the book "Eyes on the Prize" by Juan Williams and how it describes the impact of Charles Houston as one of the architects of the legal strategy. The paper discusses how the eventual decision in "Brown v. Board of Education" would be the most important change in how the government treated race since the end of the Civil War.
From the Paper:"The Civil Rights Movement began in earnest in the 1950s, and one of the central strategies pursued was civil litigation as a way of forcing change where legislative methods had so far failed. Charles Houston was one of the architects of the legal strategy, and his story, along with that of others in the movement, is told in Eyes on the Prize by Juan Williams. When he was dean of Harvard's Law School, "Houston thought that the only worthy role for a lawyer was that of social engineer--someone who understood the Constitution and knew how to use it to better the living conditions of underprivileged citizens" (p. 9). He wanted Harvard to produce this sort of lawyer, and he would be this sort of lawyer himself.
"Houston derived part of his strategy from a 1933 document published by Nathan Ross Margold, a white lawyer for the NAACP who developed a strategy for ending school segregation. This was known as the Margold Report, a reaction against the separate-but-equal doctrine that then prevailed."
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Houston's Victory in "Eyes on the Prize" (2003, November 19) Retrieved June 25, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/houston-victory-in-eyes-on-the-prize-37694/
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