Sep. 3, 2019

Part Two CHARLES HAMILTON HOUSTON BY Florence Wagman Roisman The Blackman Who Reads Aloud

The Blackman Read Aloud Hour Project
Celebrating The Birthday Charles Hamilton Houston
September 3, 1895

“The problem of the twenty-first century will be the problem of ignoring the history of color.”
Nathaniel Jones


Charlie Houston . . . started all of this. . . . There is not a movement that I have come across in civil rights or civil liberties that Charlie Houston didn’t have a hand in back in those days when it was rough.
Late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall

“A lawyer’s either a social engineer or he’s a parasite on society.”
Charles Hamilton Houston

(1) serving as ‘the mouthpiece of the weak and a sentinel guarding against wrong’; (2) ‘guiding antagonistic and group forces into channels where they will not clash’; (3) ensuring that the ‘course of change is . . . orderly with a minimum of human loss and suffering’; and (4) recognizing that the ‘written constitution and inertia against . . . amendment give the lawyer a ​wide room for experimentation.
Charles Hamilton Houston

The truth is today, be good, be decent, be honorable and self-sacrificing and you will not always be happy. You will often be desperately unhappy . . . . but with the death of your happiness may easily come increased . . . satisfaction and fulfillment for other people -- strangers, unborn babies, uncreated worlds. If this is not sufficient incentive, never try. . . .
WEB DuBois