The Charles Houston Bar Association was formed in 1955 as the Charles Houston Law Club. It works to address the unique challenges facing the black community by using the law as a tool, developing young lawyers, and community service.

"The group took its name to honor the groundbreaking lawyer and educator Charles Hamilton Houston. Houston was a remarkable constitutional lawyer and the key legal strategist in the early battles against racial discrimination in education, labor, and housing. He fervently believed that African-American lawyers should be “social engineers” who use the law to promote fundamental social change. Both his career and his life were devoted to this precept." 1

The founders included Lionel Wilson, Thomas Berkley, and Lawrence Sledge. Later members included Donald McCullum.

Links and References

  1. Charles Houston Bar Association website