Charles S. Scott, Attorney.


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Charles S. Scott, Attorney.


Charles Scott was a lead attorney in the local case representing the Kansas plaintiffs in the historic Brown v. Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court decision. Scott attended the Topeka public schools and graduated from Topeka High School. After returning to Kansas from WWII, Scott earned his Bachelor’s of Law degree in 1948 and got his Juris Doctorate in 1970 from Washburn University. After earning his Bachelor's degree, Scott joined his father's law firm; he worked for integration of elementary schools in South Park, Johnson Co., Kansas and for access to Topeka theatres, restaurants, and pools. During the mid-1960s, Scott worked as a voluntary lawyer with the Lawyers Constitutional Defense Committee traveling to Mississippi to aid civil rights workers; he also served as a national legal counsel for the Congress of Racial Equality's (CORE). Beyond practicing law, he also taught part time at both the University of Kansas (1970-1971 in the Political Science Department) and Kansas State University (1971 in the Community and Urban Planning Department). Scott was a longtime member of the NAACP, serving for many years as chair of the Topeka Branch's Legal Redress Committee; he was also founder and chairman of the Coordinating Committee of the Black Community. Scott was an active member of many other organizations, including: Asbury Mt. Olive United Methodist Church, the Elks (Lodge No. 1441), and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.


Charles S. Scott Collection


RH MS-P 1145:1.1


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