The original Olivia Pope. 

1964 was a year of seething racial tension. The country was torn apart. Amid that tension, a white woman was murdered on her morning walk in a Washington, DC park. The police arrested a poor Black man two miles away.  It became the most sensational trial in history. Newspapers were consumed with finding her murderer. She was white. She was wealthy. She was a socialite. She was executed in broad daylight. And she was the girlfriend of John F. Kennedy, the President of the United States of America. 

Dovey Johnson Roundtree was on the case.  She offered to defend the accused man for one dollar. Under the eye of a nation, she litigated the salacity of race, class, power, and privilege with a masterful defense: Truth. She stunned the world. 

And won. 

That was just one moment in her 104-year life as a justice crusader. 

(Shoutout to Renee in Columbus, Ohio for teaching us about Ms. Roundtree.)



DAY 18: We are the #DaughtersOf Dovey Johnson Roundtree

No Black women were in the military? She changed that. No Black women were in law school at Howard? Bam. Now there are. Black women everywhere were forced to give up their seats on buses? Before the Freedom Rides or RFK could call a press conference, it was her landmark case that waged the first blow against “separate but equal”. She was the first Black woman admitted to the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia. of the first women to be ordained as a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. And as she did all of this justice work, and ran her DC law firm on “greens and leftover pound cake” as payment, she moonlighted at the post office to pay the bills. We gon' celebrate her today. 

If Black excellence had a name, it would be Dovey Johnson Roundtree.  

Just two days ago, June 22, 2020, Netflix made a historic investment of $40 million to Spelman University. Spelman named this unprecedented scholarship after one woman: Dovey Johnson Roundtree. “The Fixer” of The People.  A one-woman crusade. Today we salute this unsung hero. 



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- LISTEN: Daughters of Dovey Johnson Roundtree: A Spotify Playlist (The Top 10 Soul songs on the radio when she won the trial of the century.)

- WATCH: Watch this historic interview of Dovey Johnson.

Growing up in Charlotte

- Going to Spelman

- Meeting Mary McLeod Bethune

- Desegregating the Military Pt 1

- Desegregating the Military Pt 2

- Attending Howard Law School

- Working with Thurgood Marshall

- The Challenges of the Judicial System

- Her Definition of Leadership

- Her Advice to Our Generation

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