Coleman, William Thaddeus, Jr.

Coleman, William Thaddeus, Jr.,

1920–2017, African-American lawyer and U.S. cabinet official, b. Philadelphia, grad. Univ. of Pennsylvania, 1941, Harvard Law School, 1946. He clerked for Justice FrankfurterFrankfurter, Felix,
1882–1965, American jurist, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1939–62), b. Vienna, Austria. He emigrated to the United States as a boy and later received (1906) his law degree from Harvard law school. He was assistant U.S.
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 and worked in private practice in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington. As a volunteer at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, he worked with its chief counsel, Thurgood MarshallMarshall, Thurgood,
1908–93, U.S. lawyer and associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1967–91), b. Baltimore. He received his law degree from Howard Univ. in 1933. In 1936 he joined the legal staff of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
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, on a series of cases that were combined into Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kans.Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kans.,
case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1954. Linda Brown was denied admission to her local elementary school in Topeka because she was black.
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 (1954), which declared school segregation unconstitutional. Coleman was an assistant counsel to the Warren Commission (1964), which investigated the assassination of President Kennedy, and served as transportation secretary under President Ford (1975–77).

Bibliography

See his memoir, Counsel for the Situation (2010).

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