Atty. Charles H. Houston presenting a brief before government agency [photoprint, negative probably ca. 1931]
Scurlock, Addison N. 1883-1964
Scurlock, Robert S [Saunders] 1917-1994
Houston, Charles Hamilton Dr. 1895-1950
Silver gelatin on resin-coated paper, unmounted
1 item, 8" x 10"
African Americans Washington (D.C.)
negative probably ca 1931
Caption in ink on verso, with studio stamp. "Scurlock Studios" copyright imprint in image, lower left.
Houston was born in Washington 3 September 1895. After studying at Dunbar High School, Amherst College and Harvard University Law School, he became a university lecturer. In July, 1935, Walter Francis White recruited Houston to establish a legal department for the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP). The following year Houston appointed Thurgood Marshall as his assistant. Over the next few years Houston and Marshall used the courts to challenge racist laws concerning transport, housing and education. Houston was professor of law, later dean of Howard University Law School. Houston died 20 April 1950.
Posthumous print, probably made from the original negative, by Robert S. Scurlock, ca. 1970s. Date in caption for this image in Corcoran exhibition catalog (1976) shown as ca. 1931.
Photograph by Addison N. Scurlock, ca. 1931. Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution