Print of Louis J. Redding and Thurgood Marshall holding a brief while they smoke cigarettes during a recess in the Supreme Court's hearing on racial integration in public schools. The AP Wirephoto caption is along the right side.
The caption reads "Washington, April 11 - SEEK SPEEDY INTEGRATION - Louis J. Redding, left, of Wilmington, Del. and Thurgood Marshal of New York City confer at the Supreme Court today during a recess in the courts hearing on racial integration in the public schools. Redding, representing Negro pupils in Deleware, and Marshal, general council for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, contend quick integration should be ordered by court."
The oral history consists of five digital files: 2011.174.102.1a, 2011.174.102.1b, 2011.174.102.1c, 2011.174.102.1d, and 2011.174.102.1e.
Oliver W. Hill, Jr., Ph.D. discusses his father, civil rights lawyer Oliver Hill. He explains his father's childhood and education in Roanoke, Virginia, how he ended up at Howard University in the 1920s, where he was in the same class as Justice Thurgood Marshall and studied law under Charles Hamilton Houston. In the 1930s Oliver Hill, Sr. reunited with both of them to work for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, which was focused on challenging segregation laws. Hill, Jr. describes his own experience as a black student integrating a white school in Richmond, Virginia, attending Howard University, becoming a psychology professor at Virginia State University, and working with Bob Moses on the Algebra Project. He also discusses the education of African American children, school reform, and student testing.