Explorations in Black Leadership

Co-Directed by Phyllis Leffler & Julian Bond

Redding, Louis (1901–1998)

The first black lawyer in Delaware, he was part of the NAACP legal team that brought Brown v. Board of Education before the Supreme Court. A graduate of Brown (1923) and Harvard Law School (1928), he compiled the 1950 case that desegregated the University of Delaware, which became the first institution with federal funds to integrate. He was a prominent civil rights lawyer in his career spanning 57 years, also arguing Burton v. Wilmington Parking Authority (1961) case, which outlawed segregation of public accommodations.