Professor McGee discusses the Black legal community's fight from the 1930s through the 1950s that eliminated the constitutional support of racial segregation and discrimination. Given the monumental obstacles which historically have plagued black lawyers, it is remarkable how many have succeeded despite the discrimination. While this article touches on some of the difficulties and limitations of the black bar, it must be stressed that there is a tradition of leadership and service among black lawyers that provides a solid foundation for the relatively large numbers of advocates that return to their communities. Building on this tradition of leadership, there are new strategies for black liberation which, if executed with skill and determination, can insure viable opportunities and institutions for service which can gain for this generation of black lawyers what civil rights triumphs did for their predecessors. This article provides some of the strategies for leadership and service well within the reach of the black bar, especially as their ranks grow.
The Problems and Promise of Black Men of Law, 1 BLACK L.J. 28