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a leading African American attorney, judge, and congressman from Detroit, Michigan. Born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, George Crockett graduated from Morehouse College and the University of Michigan Law School. Subsequently he started a law practice and later was a cofounder of the National Lawyers Guild, the nation's first racially integrated lawyers' organization which he then served as vice president. In 1939, Crockett became the first African American attorney in the United States Department of Labor and, later, in the Federal Employment Practices Commission. In 1943, he directed the United Auto Workers' Fair Practices Commission, which sought to prevent white workers from engaging in “hate” strikes designed to bar black workers from working in auto plants.

In 1946 in Detroit, he helped form the country's first integrated law firm (Goodman, Eden, Crockett and Robb) and served as a partner until 1966. In 1949 Crockett was sentenced ...

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Ruth E. Martin

activist, attorney, judge, and United States congressman, was born in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, the son of Minnie Amelia Jenkins and George William Crockett Sr. The former was a licensed public school teacher, and the latter a railroad carpenter for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and Baptist church pastor.

George Crockett Jr. graduated from Morehouse College in 1931, and the University of Michigan Law School in 1934, before returning to Jacksonville. He was one of a small number of practicing African American attorneys in Florida at this time. In 1934 he married Ethelene Crockett, with whom he would have three children, Elizabeth Crockett Hicks, George W. Crockett III, and Ethelene Crockett Jones.

Initiating a lifetime at the forefront of the civil rights legal struggle, Crockett was the first African American lawyer employed by the U.S. Department of Labor, from 1939 ...

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Born in Jacksonville, Florida, George William Crockett, Jr. graduated with a B.A. degree from Morehouse College in 1931 and a law degree from the University of Michigan in 1934. After several years in private practice, in 1939 he became the first African American lawyer at the U.S. Department of Labor. Beginning in 1943 Crockett served as a hearing examiner for the Fair Employment Practices Committee (FEPC), a federal agency that attempted to secure more jobs for African Americans in wartime industries. His work with the FEPC led to a position as head of the United Auto Worker's Fair Practices Committee, which sought to eliminate racism in factories.

Throughout his long career Crockett acted according to his often-unpopular beliefs, which led to occasional controversy. In 1949, while once again in private practice (as a founding partner in the first law firm with an integrated partnership in Detroit Michigan ...

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Jason Philip Miller

politician, was born in Altamonte Springs, Florida, to Julius and Mildred Hastings, both of whom took domestic work. Determined that the young Hastings should have a complete education, they moved out of the state in search of more profitable employment, leaving Alcee in the care of a grandmother.

Hastings attended schools in nearby Sanford, Florida, before matriculating in 1954 at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he pursued degrees in zoology and botany. He graduated in 1958. Soon, however, Hastings became interested in legal studies. In 1958 he enrolled at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and in 1963 graduated with a J.D. from Florida A&M in Tallahassee, Florida. Shortly thereafter he took up a law practice.

Hastings had an interest in elective office, so in 1970 he mounted a campaign for a seat in the U S Senate but went down to defeat in the Florida ...

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SaFiya D. Hoskins

United States congresswoman, lawyer, and judge, was born in Brooklyn, New York, the second of three daughters of Voyd Lee Majette and Olivia Carolyn (Foster) Majette. Her father was a real estate agent and assessor, and her mother was a teacher. Growing up during the civil rights era, Majette was particularly interested in how law was used to effect social change and had early aspirations of becoming a lawyer. She attended Erasmus Hall High School, in Brooklyn, and graduated in the top 10 percent of her class. In 1972 she entered the freshman class at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and despite poor grades during her first semester, she refocused her efforts to perform better. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in History in 1976 Pursuing her childhood dream Majette enrolled at Duke University Law School in Durham North Carolina and graduated with a ...