One is the tradition of graduating prominent African-American leaders like Charles Hamilton Houston LL.B. 22 S.J.D. 23, William Hastie 30, and William T. Coleman, Jr. 46, who worked tirelessly for social justice and equality, and truly changed our nation. In the other tradition, when the earliest black editors first spoke at Law Review meetings, some of the other editors rose and walked out of the room.
One is a tradition of graduating academic leaders such as Professors John Wilkins 47, Christopher Edley, Jr. 78, and David Wilkins 80. In the other tradition, as described by Dean Erwin Griswold 28 S.J.D. 29 in the Reviews Centennial Album, the board could vary the number of admitted editors to exclude "unwanted members." One casualty of this tradition was C. Clyde Ferguson 51who would later become Harvard Law Schools second tenured black professorwhen the cut-off line was set just above his grades.
One is a tradition that we are proud to claim as our own. The other claims us; it is hard to shake.
Yet on this anniversary we celebrate inside Gannett House rather than protest outside.
We are celebrating our choice. We have chosen a Review
where African Americans, and Asian Americans, and Latinos serve
as our leaders every year, rather than just once a decade. Where
women, finally, have achieved representation equal to their
The plaque we now dedicate to Houston is a constant reminder
of our choice. A reminder of the tradition that we affirm, and of
the tradition that
Kenneth A. Bamberger, President, Volume 111, Harvard Law Review