Item Details

Interview With William T. Coleman [videorecording] July 13, 1987.

by William Elwood
Format
Video; DVD
Summary
Disc 157. Attorney and former Secretary of Transportation William Coleman reveals the story behind his clerkship appointment to Justice Frankfurter, what Frankfurter was like as a justice, and his experiences being a clerk at the Supreme Court. He discusses other justices, like Black, and their relationships with Frankfurter. Mr. Coleman declares it a tragedy that the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments did not protect African Americans. He says that Charles Houston, William Hastie, and Thurgood Marshall were the ones who plotted civil rights cases' winning strategy. Disc 158. Mr. Coleman regrets that the Houston, Hastie, Marshall strategy was not being taught in law schools in the 1980s. He proposes it's because most people still don't see African Americans as being intelligent, well-educated strategists. Mr. Coleman describes dealing with racism throughout his life and in the '80s. He talks about South Africa, the Bob Jones University case, and the counsel fee case. Disc 159. Mr. Coleman discusses the importance of Brown v. Board of Education, how law reflects changes in society, and the Constitution and the right to privacy. He says the Constitution was always supposed to grow, and not stay static. At 8:25 still of photos in Coleman's office.
Release Date
2006
Run Time
60 min.
Language
English
Notes
  • Source footage for the documentary, The road to Brown : the untold story of "the man who killed Jim Crow" (California Newsreel, 1990), about the life of Charles Hamilton Houston, his crusade for civil rights, and the events that led to "Brown vs. the Board of Education," the 1954 Supreme Court decision that declared the 'separate but equal' doctrine illegal.
  • Title supplied by cataloger.
  • "University of Virginia William Elwood Archival Conversions"--disc label.
Variant Title
Disc label: 157 Coleman, William T.
Disc label: 158 Coleman, William T.
Disc label: 159 Coleman, William T./Coleman photos
Related Title
Road to Brown : the untold story of "the man who killed Jim Crow."
Published
Cincinatti, Ohio : The PPS Group, 2006.
Recording Info
Recorded at Washington DC.
Description
3 videodiscs (42 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
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