January 23, 1957 · Montgomery, Alabama Willie Edwards Jr., a truck driver, was on his way to work when he was stopped by four Klansmen. The men mistook Edwards for another man who they believed was dating a white woman. They forced Edwards at gunpoint to jump off a bridge into the Alabama River. Edwards’ body was found three months later.
Charles Hamilton Houston, "The Man Who Killed Jim Crow." Houston dedicated his life to using law as a tool to remedy consequences of racial discrimination and break down structures that produce racial inequality. As vice-dean of Howard Law School in the 1930s, Houston not only won the traditionally black school’s accreditation, but he brought in the nation’s top black litigators and teachers to Howard during a time they likely would have been denied professorships at white law schools.
The Scottsboro Boys were nine Black teenage boys (the youngest was 13 and the oldest was 19) accused of rape in Alabama in 1931. The landmark set of legal cases from this incident dealt with racism and the right to a fair trial. The case included a frameup, an all-White jury, rushed trials, an attempted l��ynching, an angry mob, and is an example of an overall miscarriage of justice.