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"All our struggles must tie in together and support one another. . .
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Charles Hamilton Houston
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Drum Majors
For Justice!
A Three Book & Film Discussion Series
April 10 - May 24, 2012
Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00 - 8:30 PM
On Tuesday, April 10, 2012, The National Institute For Restorative
Justice  began exploring legacies, leadership and organizational strategies
of four legendary Americans: Asa Philip Randolph, Charles Hamilton
Houston, Thurgood Marshall and Ella Baker.  

Three biographies of these leaders  serve as text for the seven-week
A. Philip Randolph And The Struggle For Civil Rights by Conelius
Ella Baker & the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical
Democratic Vision
by Barbara Ransby; and Root And Branch: Charles
Hamilton Houston, Thurgood Marshall and the Struggle To End
by Rawn James, Jr.  The text will be supplemented with film
documentaries of the periods reflected.

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Organizing A Movement, Struggling To Freedom
The Legacies of Randolph, Houston, Marshall & Baker
Tuesday, April 10, 2012        
Series Orientation

Mittie Imani Jordan, Chair
The National Institute
For Restorative Justice Founder,
Restoration Source, Inc.&
Deuteronomy 8:3 Café Books & Music
AB, Smith College
****** A PHILIP RANDOLPH And The Struggle for Civil Rights *****
By Cornelius L. Bynum
April 10—24, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Part 1. Building Black Identity
at the Turn of the Century
Reverend Dr. Joy R. Bostic
MDiv, JD, PhD
Assistant Professor,
Case Western Reserve University
Department of Religious Studies
BA Indiana University
JD/MA The Ohio State University
MDiv Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary
PhD Union Theological Seminary
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Part 2. Constructing Class
Consciousness In the Jazz Age

Dr. Gillian Johns, PhD
Associate Professor, Oberlin College
Department of English
BA Slippery Rock University
MA PhD Temple University
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Part 3 The Rise of the New Crowd Negroes

Dr. Dolores Person Lairet, PhD
Board Member and Faculty Advisor, NIRJ
BA Wheaton College
MA Middlebury College
PhD Case Western Reserve University
Tuesday, April 24,2012
Part 4 Blending Race and Class

Dr. Cornelius Bynum, PhD
Assistant Professor, Purdue University
Department of History
BA, PhD University of Virginia
Ella Baker & the Black Freedom Movement
A Radical Democratic Vision
By Barbara Ransby
May 10 - 24 , 2012
Charles Hamilton Houston, Thurgood Marshall And The Struggle To End Segregation
By Rawn James, Jr.
April 26 - May 8, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Chapters 1 - 4

Reverend Dr. Zachery Williams, PhD
Board Member and Faculty Advisor, NIRJ
Associate Professor, University of Akron
Department of History
BA Clemson University
PhD Bowling Green State University
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Chapters 5 - 9

The Honorable Solomon Oliver, Jr., JD
Chief Judge, Northern Ohio District
United States District Courts
BA College of Wooster
MA Case Western Reserve University
JD New York University School of Law
Thursday, May  3, 2012
Chapters 10 - 13

Reverend Dr. Leah C. K. Lewis,
MDiv, JD,
Associate Minister
Olivet Institutional Baptist Church;
BS Bowling Green State University
JD Howard University Law School
MDiv Yale University Divinity School
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Chapters 14 - 18

Dr. Elizabeth
Associate Professor,
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Chapters 1 - 2

Dr. Rhonda R. Williams, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of History
Director, Social Justice Institute
Case Western Reserve University
BA University of Maryland, College Park
PhD University of Pennsylvania
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Chapters 3 - 4

Dr. Alene Barnes, PhD
Associate Professor, Kent State University
Department of Pan African Studies
BA, MA, PhD State University of
New York At Buffalo
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Chapters 5 - 6

The Honorable Sara J. Harper, JD
Retired Judge
Ohio Supreme Court
BA Western Reserve University
JD Western Reserve University
School of Law
Tuesday, May 22 2012
Chapters 7 - 8

Dr. Pam Brooks, PhD
Associate Professor, Oberlin College
Department of African American Studies
BA New York University
MA Univ Massachusetts Amherst
PhD Northeastern University
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Asa Philip Randolph
Gentle Warrior
He was called the most
dangerous black in America.  
He led 250,000 people in
the historic 1963
March on Washington.  
He spoke for all the dispossessed.
Asa Philip Randolph
Gentle Warrior
   "In the years between the end of
the First World War and the Supreme
Court’s 1954 Brown v. Board of
Education decision, Asa Philip
Randolph organized the nation’s first
all black trade union, forced the
American labor movement to take a
hard look at its racial policies and
practices, and secured two separate
executive orders—one banning
workplace discrimination in war
industry jobs and the other
desegregating the U.S. armed forces.
   Over the course of Randolph’s
long career as a socialist, journal
editor, labor organizer, and civil rights
activist, the theories he formulated
became the primary basis of the civil
rights protest movement of the 1950s
and 1960s.  His views on social
justice, race and class, racial
minorities and interest group politics,
and mass direct action largely grew
out of his overall life experiences.
   This study endeavors to
understand how the forces that
shaped Randolph’s life also shaped
his conception of race, class and the
African Americans’ struggle for equal

Cornelius L. Bynum
A. Philip Randolph And The Struggle
For Civil Rights
The Man
Jim Crow
Of the ten legal minds he mentored
for the framing and litigation of
Brown v Board: one would become a
college president; one a law school
dean; three professors of law; four
federal district court judges including
the first African American man and
woman; two, the first African
American man and woman to serve
as Chief Judges on federal district
court benches; four federal court of
appeals judges including the first
African American man; one official
Presidential Advisor and four others
as unofficial presidential advisors;
and the most notable one would
become the first African American
United States Solicitor General and,
subsequently, the first United States
Supreme Court Justice.

  "Charles Hamilton Houston
dedicated his life to using law as a
tool to remedy consequences of
racial discrimination and break down
structures that produce racial
inequality.  As vice-dean of Howard
Law School in the 1930s, Houston
not only won the traditionally black
school’s accreditation, but he brought
in the nation’s top black litigators
and teachers to Howard during a time
they likely would have been denied
professorships at white law schools.  
Civil rights law was more or less
invented under Houston’s leadership
at Howard. The school trained nearly
a quarter of the nation's black law
students including many civil rights

The Charles Hamilton Houston
Institute Harvard University
Kent State University
Department of History
AB Harvard University
JD Stanford University
PhD Rutgers Univerisity
"Thurgood is one of our century’s
legal giants; one cannot take his full
measure within the compass of an
essay, and even a summary is
difficult.  One can begin, of course,
by noting that in his twenty-four
terms on the Supreme Court,Justice
Marshall played a crucial role in
enforcing the constitutional
protections that distinguish our
democracy.  Indeed, he leaves behind
an enviable record of opinions
supporting the rights of the less
powerful and less fortunate.  Once
can then add that, for more than
twenty-five years before he joined
the judiciary, Thurgood Marshall was
probably the most important
advocate in America, one who used
his formidable legal skills to end the
evils of discrimination.  

Thurgood would be the first to
remind us that he was supported by a
host of other talented lawyers,
beginning with his mentor, Charles
Houston.  But it was Thurgood who
took the lead, and it was his
presentations, in case after case and
in court after court, that helped bring
about a society in which “equal
protection of the laws” could be a
reality and not merely a legal phrase.”

William J. Brennan, Jr.
Supreme Court Justice
Ella Josephine
Fundi: Passing
The Torch
She was a behind-the-scenes activist,
whose career spanned over five decades.
She worked alongside some of the most
famous civil rights leaders of the 20th
“ Ella Baker spent her entire life trying to
“change that system.”  Somewhere along the
way she recognized that her goal was not a
single “end” but rather an ongoing “means,”
that is, a process.  Radical change for Ella
Baker was about a persistent and protracted
process of discourse, debate, consensus,
reflection, and struggle.  If larger and larger
numbers of communities were engaged in
such a process, she reasoned, day in and day
out, year after year, the revolution would be
well under way.   Ella Baker understood that
laws, structures, and institutions had to
change in order to correct injustice and
oppression, but part of the process had to
involve oppressed people, ordinary people,
infusing new meanings into the concept of
democracy and finding their own individual
and collective power to determine their lives
and shape the direction of history.  

These were the radical terms that Ella Baker
thought in and the radical ideas she fought
for with her mind and her body.    ...Baker’s
theory of social change and political
organizing was inscribed in her practice.  
Her ideas were written in her work: a
coherent body of lived text spanning nearly
sixty years.”

Barbara Ransby
“We must not be delayed
by people who say
‘the time is not ripe.’
nor should we proceed with
caution for fear of destroying the
‘status quo.’ Persons who deny  
us our civil rights
should be brought to justice now.”  
Thurgood Marshall
A. Philip Randolph Leading the 1963 March on Washington
Charles Hamilton Houston in court
Thurgood Marshall headed to Court
Ella Jo Baker