Earl B. Dickerson.
Robert J. Blakely & Marcus Shepard
Northwestern University Press
629 Noyes Street, Evanston, IL 60208-4170
0810123355 $24.95 www.nupress.northwestern.edu
Prominent journalist Robert J. Blakely and freelance writer Marcus Shepard present Earl B. Dickerson: A Voice for Freedom and Equality, the first ever biography of Earl B. Dickerson (1891-1986), an independent-minded African-American who spent his life struggling against racial injustice. The racial oppression in his native Mississippi forced him to flee to Chicago at age fifteen; yet Chicago was no utopia. Dickerson worked his way through preparatory schools and college, a segregated officers' training school, and law school at the University of Chicago. His distinguished career included membership in FDR's first Fair Employment Practices Committee; leadership in the movement that broke the color barrier to membership in the Illinois State Bar Association; and his driving role behind the Hansberry v. Lee U.S. Supreme Court case that brought about the beginning of the end of restrictive real estate covenants, used as a legal tool of segregation in the North. A thoroughly researched, engagingly told life story that brings to life the man behind the pitched legal battles for social progress.
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|Title Annotation:||Earl B. Dickerson: A Voice for Freedom and Equality|
|Article Type:||Book review|
|Date:||Dec 1, 2006|
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