A lawyer’s either a social engineer or … a parasite on society … A social engineer [is] a highly skilled, perceptive, sensitive lawyer who [understands] the Constitution of the United States and [knows] how to explore its uses in the solving of problems of local communities and in bettering conditions of the underprivileged citizens.

— Charles Hamilton Houston

The most revolutionary Charles Hamilton Houston quotes that will add value to your life

Without education, there is no hope for our people and without hope, our future is lost


The race problem in the United States is the type of unpleasant problem which we would rather do without but which refuses to be buried.


Whether elected or appointed, public officials serve those who put and keep them in office. We cannot depend upon them to fight our battles.


We beg you to save young America from the blight of race prejudice.

Do not bind the children within the narrow circles of your own lives.


Black power is organizing the rage of Black people and putting new hard questions and demands to white America.


A lawyer is either a social engineer or he is a parasite on society.


The American color bar unless speedily removed will be the rock on which our international Good Neighbor policy and our pious claims to moral leadership will founder.


Christianity has always seemed to fight a losing battle against race.


A Negro has handicaps enough without having to pay taxes to support the education of white students to learn how to suppress him.


The individual college youth cannot wait forever until the problem of his education is decided.


The hate and scorn showered on us Negro officers by our fellow Americans convinced me that there was no sense in my dying for a world ruled by them. I made up my mind that if I got through this war I would study law and use my time fighting for men who could not strike back.