South Carolina’s African American Lawyers and their Legal Education

A special lecture and book signing by W. Lewis Burke

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the University of South Carolina’s (USC) School of Law, join W. Lewis Burke, distinguished professor emeritus of USC School of Law and author, for a special talk about his recently published book, All for Civil Rights: Black Lawyers in South Carolina, 1868-1968. Through Burke’s study of life stories of lawyers and an examination of court processes and trials, he has uncovered a rich history of the long struggle to realize the promise of freedom, equal justice and civil rights in the Deep South. Burke will be signing copies of his book. 

Before or after the lecture, guests are invited to see an exhibit on Richard Greener, the first African American professor at USC, serving during the Reconstruction Era from 1873 through 1877. The exhibit features Greener’s USC law diploma, South Carolina law license and variety of other artifacts. The exhibit will be open in the Legal History Room on the 2nd floor of the law library.

A reception and book signing will follow the lecture.

This event is free to the public, but advanced registration  is highly encouraged as space is limited.

This event is co-sponsored by Historic Columbia, USC History Center, USC School of Law and the Center for Civil Rights History and Research. Read more about Burke HERE.

Image courtesy of Cecil Williams.