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Belford Lawson, 1924

Belford Lawson
1923 photo, Lyndon Photo (Ann Arbor), U-M Athletic Department records, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan

The first African American to win a U.S. Supreme Court case, Lawson argued before the high court eight times. He was part of the 1950 legal team that argued successfully to stop segregation in railroad dining cars and was a co-founder of the New Negro Alliance, which primarily fought discrimination in employment.

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