On September 3, 1895, influential lawyer and activist Charles Hamilton Houston was born in 1895.
Houston received higher education from Harvard Law School and the University of Madrid. At Harvard Law School, he made history as the first black editor of the Harvard Law Review. After receiving his completing his studies, Houston was admitted to the District of Columbia bar where he began an esteemed law career. Throughout his life, Houston used his law and ethical skills to contribute to the civil rights movement. His contributions included architecting the Brown vs. Board of Education ruling in 1954, serving as the dean of Howard University Law School and mentoring Thurgood Marshall.
Houston died in 1950 at the age of 54.