Law school professor, Charles Hamilton Houston, “. . .struck upon the idea that unequal education was the Achilles heel of Jim Crow. By demonstrating the failure of states to even try to live up to the 1896 rule of “separate but equal,” Houston hoped to finally overturn the Plessy v. Ferguson ruling that had given birth to that phrase.” (see link below)
I was led to this by a Henry Lewis Gates’ new series on PBS which begins tonight. It shows photos that Houston assembled of schools that “served” African Americans in contrast to those that served whites.
Link to informaton on the PBS series (and DVD with teacher’s guide) The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
Link to article about Charles Hamilton Houston https://www.naacp.org/pages/naacp-history-charles-hamilton-houston