Bedford Lawson

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Belford V. Lawson was born in Roanoke, Virginia back in 1901. He attended the University of Michigan. In 1924 after graduation he was hired as the head football coach and athletic director at Jackson College. He also served as professor of social science and as the director of the Teacher’s Professional Department.

He earned his J.D. from Howard University School of Law in 1932. He presented several cases before The Supreme Court of the United States. He was the first African-American to win a case before the Court. He was also the first African-American to be president of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA). some of his landmark lawsuits were Henderson v. Southern Railway Company (1950) which resulted in the abolishment of segregation in railroad dining cars.   He also challenged the University of Maryland School of Law requiring racial segregation in its colleges.

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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Great information to share - I hope you have a wonderful day and you put your DC trip into action soon! 

Sep 06, 2016 08:58 PM #1
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Got me again, but now I know.

Sep 06, 2016 09:06 PM #2
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning James.  Thanks for the information and lesson about Bedford Lawson. 

Sep 06, 2016 09:34 PM #3
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. How very interesting. Such an accomplished person I never heard of before. TY

Sep 06, 2016 10:24 PM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James! Who knew and I have a JD! Keep them coming! Enjoy your day!

Sep 06, 2016 10:46 PM #5
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

What a wonderful life. Nice to read stories such as that of Bedford V. Lawson..

Sep 06, 2016 11:26 PM #6
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

A very interesting story James. I always learn something from you.

Sep 06, 2016 11:55 PM #7
Rebecca Lewis
ODAT Realty Services, Inc - Grayson, GA

Another fine example of contributions that were important in reforming our country. Thank you for sharing all the things I missed in history class

Sep 07, 2016 12:14 AM #8
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I often wonder why someone pics the path they do.  So I looked him up! I have done that before as well.  He worked with Thurgood Marshall. He was a true pioneer.

Sep 07, 2016 12:23 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Bedford Lawson was a visionary!  What a way to make a mark on the judicial sytem.  A

Sep 07, 2016 12:28 AM #10
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

A man that did a lot of good.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Sep 07, 2016 12:52 AM #11
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

James Dray Beford Lawson certainly was an active attorney. Never heard of him so thanks for your post!

Sep 07, 2016 01:33 AM #12
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have never heard of him, but it sounds like he was quite the attorney!  I like learning about these people!

Sep 07, 2016 02:07 AM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James, thank you for another great history lesson!!!

Sep 07, 2016 10:04 AM #14
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I was familiar with the Southern Railway suit but not the gentlemen who was the attorny. Thanks for sharing.

Sep 07, 2016 12:26 PM #15
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi James Dray , Bedford Lawson is a pioneer in his own right.

Sep 08, 2016 11:12 AM #16
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