“Just Pursuit” by Laura Coates is a memoir about a Black female prosecutor and her time at the Department of Justice. You get the perspective of her coming into the agency as someone new to the office, and then a bit of insight as she gets a bit further along in her career. Now, to be clear, this isn’t a chronological story or a day-by-day account of her career at the Department of Justice. Instead, Coates picks out a few significant cases and discusses what was going on in her life at the time, the details of the case, and how the case affected her.
If you’re interested in learning about the second Black woman to receive a doctorate, the first Black person to receive a doctorate in economics, and the first Black woman to enroll at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Law, be admitted to Pennsylvania’s state bar, and obtain both a Ph.D. and J.D., then my Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Black History Facts profile is for you.
If you’re interested in learning about an enslaved young man who became one of the first Black Harvard Law School grads and went on to become a lawyer, activist, and diplomat, then my Archibald Henry Grimké Black History Facts profile is for you.
If you’re interested in learning about the original architect of Howard University Law School’s curriculum and the NAACP’s strategy to fight education segregation in the courts, then my Charles Hamilton Houston Black History Facts profile is for you.
If you’re interested in learning about the civil rights attorney who represented Rosa Parks and Claudette Colvin as well as the victims of the Tuskegee experiment, then my Fred Gray Black History Facts profile is for you.