No Equal Justice: The Legacy of Civil Rights Icon George W. Crockett Jr.

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About the Author

Peter J. Hammer is the A. Alfred Taubman Professor of Law and director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State University Law School.

Edward J. Littlejohn is professor emeritus of law at Wayne State University Law School. He is the founder of the Damon J. Keith Law Collection of African-American Legal History at the Walter P. Reuther Library.


"No Equal Justice" The Legacy of Civil Rights Icon George W. Crockett Jr. makes abundantly clear that this dedicated life led by George Crockett Jr. must not be forgotten lest we forget our own history and disregard the roadmap George Crockett's life is in this struggle for justice. While George Crockett's life could stand for how elusive justice can be and how history repeats itself, Professors Littlejohn and Hammer successfully make the case for how we must stay encouraged in the struggle, and how we can draw inspiration from the giant warrior that George Crockett was. These authors bring George Crockett, Jr. back to life - to educate and inspire a new generation of social activists, judges, and all who are invested in eradicating racism from our institutions, hearts, minds, streets and courtrooms. I commend"No Equal Justice" to anyone who must be encouraged, strong and courageous.

--Victoria Roberts "United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan"

In 1949, George W. Crockett Jr., as a Black lawyer, was one of five who defended the constitutional rights of the leaders of United States Communist Party. This criminal trial, then America's longest and most important, ended with contempt citations - Crockett served four months in a segregated Kentucky prison. Later, in 1952, he and his partner, Ernie Goodman represented most of those called before the House Un-American Activities Committee in Detroit, including future mayor, Coleman A. Young. Early on a Saturday morning, in 1969, Crockett, while a Detroit Recorder's Court judge, went to Detroit Police Headquarters with writs of habeas corpus and began arraignments freeing most of the 142 men, women and children illegally arrested after a shoot-out at the New Bethel Baptist Church. After I became a lawyer in1970, I practiced law before this brilliant and ethical jurist. He respected the civil liberties of everyone regardless of race, religion or political affiliations. He became my mentor and I managed his 1980 campaign for the U.S. Congress. This superb and long overdue book is for young and older readers of law, history and biography. It instructs on what was and how a determined person can make positive differences in the lives of others. It is a quintessential must read.

--Dennis Archer "Mayor of Detroit (1994-2001), Michigan Supreme Court Justice (1986-90), President National Bar Association (1983-84) and President American Bar Association (2003-04)"

George Crockett is an inspiration for freedom fighters everywhere, and it's an honor to carry on his legacy of working for the people in Congress. A true people's lawyer, his life serves as a model of courageous, unflinching advocacy, and it's long past due that new generations learn about his pioneering civil rights and social justice work.

--Rashida Tlaib "Congresswoman"