Blank Rome Hosts First Civil Rights Walking Tour Ahead of LCLD Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.

On Sunday, October 15, 2017, Blank Rome LLP and Saminaz Akhter, Counsel in the Firm’s corporate practice and 2015 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (“LCLD”) Fellow, hosted the first “Walking Tour of U Street’s Civil Rights & Cultural Landmarks.” The tour was organized strategically a day before the LCLD Annual Conference, held in Washington DC this year. Current LCLD Fellows and alumni were invited and attended the tour.

U Street, and the surrounding area, was the site of D.C.’s Black Renaissance, eventually serving as a prominent symbol of black culture and sophistication amid racial and political tension in America and was the home of many leading civil rights activists and lawyers who left a lasting impact on the history of the civil rights movement

The tour was led by Rohulamin Quander, former Senior Administrative Judge for the District of Columbia. Judge Quander gave insight on the various landmarks they visited, including the former residence of Charles Hamilton Houston, Sr., who was a noted Harvard Law scholar (the first African-American editor of the Harvard Law Review) and civil rights lawyer known as “The Man who killed Jim Crow in America” and the concluding stop, the 12th Street YMCA, a legendary Washington institution created by a former slave, and the place where Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall organized the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case in the 1950s.

Civil Rights Walk Attendees at Ben’s Chili Bowl (1213 U Street)