Mighty Justice: My Life in Civil Rights

Mighty Justice: My Life in Civil Rights

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Overview

“Dovey Johnson Roundtree set a new path for women and proved that the vision and perseverance of a single individual can turn the tides of history.”
—Michelle Obama


In Mighty Justice, trailblazing African American civil rights attorney Dovey Johnson Roundtree recounts her inspiring life story that speaks movingly and urgently to our racially troubled times. From the streets of Charlotte, North Carolina, to the segregated courtrooms of the nation’s capital; from the male stronghold of the army where she broke gender and color barriers to the pulpits of churches where women had waited for years for the right to minister—in all these places, Roundtree sought justice. At a time when African American attorneys had to leave the courthouses to use the bathroom, Roundtree took on Washington’s white legal establishment and prevailed, winning a 1955 landmark bus desegregation case that would help to dismantle the practice of “separate but equal” and shatter Jim Crow laws. Later, she led the vanguard of women ordained to the ministry in the AME Church in 1961, merging her law practice with her ministry to fight for families and children being destroyed by urban violence.

Dovey Roundtree passed away in 2018 at the age of 104. Though her achievements were significant and influential, she remains largely unknown to the American public. Mighty Justice corrects the historical record.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616209551
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 11/05/2019
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 728,772
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author


Dovey Johnson Roundtree was an attorney and minister who was of the first women to be commissioned an Army officer and who helped win a landmark case banning segregation in interstate bus travel. She died in 2018 at the age of 104.

Katie McCabe is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washingtonian MagazineBaltimore Magazine, and Reader's Digest, among others. Her National Magazine Award–winning article on black medical legend Vivien Thomas was the basis for the HBO film Something the Lord Made, winner of three Emmys and a 2005 Peabody award.

Table of Contents

Foreword Tayari Jones ix

Chapter 1 Walking Unafraid 3

Chapter 2 Making Somethin' of Yourself 12

Chapter 3 "Pass It On": Spelman and the Legacy of Mae Neptune 21

Chapter 4 My America 39

Chapter 5 "Everybody's War" 55

Chapter 6 Uneasy Peace 73

Chapter 7 Making War on a Lie: The Assault on Plessy v. Ferguson 91

Chapter 8 Taking On "The Supreme Court of the Confederacy": The Case of Sarah Louise Keys 118

Chapter 9 At the Threshold of Justice 156

Chapter 10 Out of the Darkness 180

Chapter 11 "Peer of the Most Powerful" 189

Chapter 12 Healing the Brokenness 217

Benediction 229

Notes 233

Index 247

Afterword Katie McCabe 263

Discussion Questions 267

For Further Reading 271

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