20 U.S.F. L. Rev. 503 (1985-1986)
Commentary: The Implications of Being a Society of One

handle is hein.journals/usflr20 and id is 517 raw text is: Commentary: The Implications of
Being a Society of One
Professor of Law, Boalt Hall School of
Law, University of California, Berkeley;
A.B., Stanford University (1978); J.D.,
Yale Law School (1981).
--America's first democratically distributed privilege was the
right to dream ....I
-What happens to a dream deferred?'2
TODAY'S TALKS POIGNANTLY capture the strain induced by
a dream long-envisioned but only partially realized, a vision of
equal participation for minorities and women in the American legal
educational system. Professor Wright's reference to W.E.B. DuBois
illustrates the persistent difficulties generated by deferring the
hopes and aspirations of an entire people.' The stress created for
minorities attempting to attain prominence in the legal academy is
by no means a novel phenomenon. For example, Charles H. Hous-
ton, the grandson of slaves, entered Amherst College at age sixteen
and graduated in 1915 as class valedictorian and a member of Phi
Beta Kappa.' In 1922, he graduated from Harvard Law School in
the top five percent of his class and was the first black elected to
the editorial board of the Harvard Law Review. Subsequently,
Houston became the first black to earn a doctor of judicial science
degree from Harvard. He also received a doctor of civil law from
the University of Madrid. Houston later became dean of Howard
Law School and in two years converted it from an undistinguished
2. L. HUGHES, SELECTED POEMS OP LANGSTON HUGHES 268 (paperback ed. 1974).
3. Wright, The Color Line Still Exists, 20 U.S.F. L. REV. infra.
4. G. SEGAL, BLACKS IN THE LAW 210 (1983).

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