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.
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About the Author
Katie McCabe is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washingtonian Magazine, Baltimore 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.
Dovey Johnson Roundtree was an attorney and minister who was one of the first women to be commissioned as an Army officer and who helped win a landmark case banning segregation in interstate bus travel. She passed away in 2018 at the age of 104.
Co-author Katie McCabe is a freelance writer whose National Magazine Award–winning article on African American medical legend Vivien Thomas was the basis for the HBO film Something the Lord Made, winner of three Emmys and a Peabody Award. McCabe lives in Washington, DC. Mighty Justice is the product of her ten-year collaboration with Dovey Johnson Roundtree.
Tayari Jones is the author of four novels, including Silver Sparrow, The Untelling, and Leaving Atlanta. Jones holds degrees from Spelman College, Arizona State University, and the University of Iowa. A winner of numerous literary awards, she is a professor of creative writing at Emory University. Visit her website at www.tayarijones.com.
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
Afterword Katie McCabe 263
Discussion Questions 267
For Further Reading 271