Interview with William Coleman
QUESTION 14
INTERVIEWER:

WHERE WERE YOU THE DAY THE DECISION CAME DOWN? AND WHAT HAPPENED?

William Coleman:

The day the decision came down I was uh… working in my law office in Philadelphia. Uh, we didn't know when it would come down and so every Monday, because then the court handed a decision over Monday, a lot of us would come down and sit. Well, after doing that for three or four Mondays and nothing happened, it was my misfortune not to be there the day they announced the decision. Uh, Justice Marshall was there. Uh and uh, soon after the decision he called me and said, you know, we won. Uh, but the court did put over to the following year, the question of the relief. Uh, and Thurgood said, well, you know, we won, but now you guys are going to work a whole ‘nother summer because they gave us another job which we, once again worked another summer… Uh, in my… can I go on? In my… would you run the camera? In my remarks, I don't think uh I said enough about the Howard Law School. The Howard Law School had been the place that trained many of the lawyers that took place in this his—historic decision. Thurgood Marshall is a graduate of that law school. Bob, Bob Carter is a graduate of that law school and others. And in addition, the the, Howard Law School supplied much of the uh… thinking, supplied uh… opportunities for us to have moot court arguments. Their professors pitched in and helped greatly. And oft-times when we had some research to be done uh, people at the Howard Law School willingly did that research.