Thursday, September 3, 2020

Posted by: Suzanne Craig Robertson on Sep 3, 2020

In Columbia, Tennessee, a struggle between an African American World War II veteran and a white shopkeeper "sparked a riot, fueled by law enforcement officers who raided the African American business district without search warrants and confiscated weapons." This may sound like it could've happened recently, but it was 1946. The 25 Black men who were arrested were charged with attempted murder. Read the story of the aftermath by David L. Hudson Jr., in the September/October Tennessee Bar Journal -- of how Thurgood Marshall, Z. Alexander Looby and other lawyers came to their defense, as well as how the future justice came close to being lynched.

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