Robert L. Carter oral history interview conducted by Patricia Sullivan in New York, New York,
Robert L. Carter recalls growing up in Newark, New Jersey, and attending Lincoln University, Howard University Law School, and Columbia University. He discusses hearing Marian Anderson sing at the Lincoln Memorial and his service in the segregated army during World War II. He recounts his career as a lawyer with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, including the Brown v. Board of Education case and other legal cases that ended segregation.
Recorded in New York, New York, on October 23, 2010.
Civil Rights History Project Collection (AFC 2010/039), Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Copies of items are also held at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (U.S.).
Robert L. Carter was born in 1917, grew up in New Jersey, and attended Lincoln University, Howard University Law School, and Columbia University Law School. He worked as a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) attorney, legal assistant to Thurgood Marshall, 1944-1955, general counsel, 1955-1968 and judge, 1972-2012. He argued many civil rights cases such as Sweatt v. Painter, Brown v. Board of Education, and Sipuel v. Board of Regents of University of Oklahoma. Carter died in 2012.
The Civil Rights History Project is a joint project of the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture to collect video and audio recordings of personal histories and testimonials of individuals who participated in the Civil Rights movement.
Finding aid http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/eadafc.af013005