A rare document measuring approximately 9 x 6 inches when closed. Gillam's son was Director of NASA.Some notable African Americans attended his rites. Isaac Gillam and his wife Cora A. Was a sergeant in the Arkansas Colored Infantry for the Union army during the Civil War. His kids were "outstanding educators", while he was very politically active, serving as an. Alderman for the Little Rock City Council, and then in 1878 he was elected to the. Arkansas State House of Representatives. " "Isaac and Cora Gillam were active in the. Establishment of Shorter College in North Little Rock, where their daughter Cora Alice. Their son, Isaac Gillam, Jr. Howard, Yale, and the Universities of Chicago and Cincinnati, served as principal of. Gibbs High School for over fifty years", and helped "establish the Arkansas Negro. Today, Little Rock's Gillam Park and Gillam School. Are named after this remarkable African American family. Note: Isaac Gillam is buried at. The National Cemetery, Issac Gillam Jr. Is buried at Fraternal, and Cora A. Are buried at Oakland proper.
Booker was born in Helena (Phillips County), Arkansas, on September 19, 1893, and admitted to practice before the state supreme court on June 30, 1919. He was one of eight children born to Joseph A. Booker, a civil rights activist minister and educator, and Mary J. From Arkansas Baptist College in 1914, and obtained his legal education at Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois), graduating in 1917.
During World War I, Booker served in the U. He also acted as Assistant Director of the War Finance Committee and was a member of the Legal Advisory Board of the State Military Affairs Committee. He was an active Republican and engaged in opposing the party's efforts to rid itself of Black participation. When the Republicans held their 1920 state convention in a segregated hotel, Booker, Scipio Jones, J.Purifoy, and others attended and refused to leave until the lights were turned off. They then held their own separate convention. Booker worked with Scipio Jones in defending Black defendants arrested following the "race riots" near Elaine, Arkansas, in 1919. He was an early member of the first Arkansas branch of the NAACP in Little Rock in 1924. In 1930, along with his brother, William A. Booker, practicing as Booker & Booker, he joined with Scipio Jones and J. Hibbler in suing the Little Rock Democratic Central Committee on behalf of the Arkansas Negro Democratic Association for the right to vote in Democratic primaries. In 1943, Booker was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Booker's name appears as attorney of record in eight cases appealed to the state supreme court. Hibbler, Myles Hibbler, and the NAACP (through attorney Thurgood Marshall) successfully sued the Little Rock School District in 1942 on behalf of a Black teacher for equal pay with white teachers.
In March 1946, Booker contacted the University of Arkansas School of Law on behalf of a young Black man who wanted to register and attend. At that time, the school did not accept Black students and he was unsuccessful. That situation changed in 1948, when the first Black law student was registered at the university. Booker was a local "cooperating attorney" with the NAACP in at least five other cases during the 1950s.
In 1949-50, he was elected president of the National Bar Association, a national Black lawyers group. At various times, Booker also was a member of the Southwest Bar Association, the Wonder State Bar Association (a Black lawyers organization), and the American Judicature Society. They had a son, Joseph R.
Died on July 31, 1960. Sources: Judith Kilpatrick, "(EXTRA)Ordinary Men: African-American Lawyers and Civil Rights in Arkansas Before 1950, " 53 Ark. 299, 347 n351, 351 n378, 367 n509, 368 n509, 370, 371, 375, 380, 384, 386, 387, 388, 389, 390, 391 (2000); Green Polonius Hamilton, Beacon Lights of the Race 173 (1911); Who's Who in Colored America 41 (1950); Sadie Tanner M.Alexander, Who's Who Among Negro Lawyers 6 (1945); Papers of the NAACP, Part 12, Reel 4, pp. 851-52 Pledges of Little Rock Citizens Made to Dr. Robert Bagnall, 10/2-3/1924, 897-98 letter dtd 4/27/1925 from Director of Branches to Attorney J. Booker, 963-64 (Membership Report dtd 10/12/1926); Papers of the NAACP, Part II, B210, Voting, Arkansas 1943-47 letter dtd 9/4/1946 from J.
Houston, Chair, National Legal Committee, NAACP and letter dtd 9/6/1946 from Charles H. Booker; African American Biographical Database, Profile. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Black Americana\Paper". The seller is "theprimitivefold" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.