George W. Crockett, Jr.

George W. Crockett, Jr.

Born Aug 10, 1909

George William Crockett Jr. was an African American attorney, jurist, and congressman from the U.S. state of Michigan. He also served as a national vice-president of the National Lawyers Guild and co-founded what is believed to be the first racially-integrated law firm in the United States. He was associated with the history of the infamous murder of civil rights activists James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner.… Read More

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1909 Birth Born in 1909.


1931 22 Years Old Crockett graduated from Stanton High School in Jacksonville. In 1931, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia, a prestigious, historically black university that awarded its first degrees in 1897. … Read More
1934 25 Years Old Crockett received a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1934 and returned to Jacksonville to practice law that year as one of very few African American attorneys in the state of Florida.
1937 28 Years Old Crockett participated in the founding convention of the nation's first racially integrated bar association, the National Lawyers Guild in 1937, and later served that organization as its national vice-president.


1939 30 Years Old As the first African-American lawyer in the U.S. Department of Labor, 1939–43, Crockett worked as a senior attorney on employment cases brought under the National Labor Relations Act, a legislative program of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal.
1943 34 Years Old Crockett also worked as a hearing officer in the Federal Fair Employment Practices Commission during 1943. … Read More
1946 37 Years Old In 1946, Crockett along with partners Ernest Goodman, Morton Eden, and Dean A. Robb, co-founded the corporation believed to be the first racially integrated law firm in the U.S., Goodman, Crockett, Eden, and Robb, in Detroit, Michigan. … Read More
1948 39 Years Old In 1948, Crockett became a member of the legal team that went to New York for the Foley Square trial to defend 11 Communist Party leaders accused of teaching the overthrow of the Federal government, a violation of the Smith Act. … Read More


1949 40 Years Old In 1949, while defending the Smith Act prosecution, Crockett and four other defense attorneys were sentenced by Judge Harold Medina to Federal prison for contempt of court.
1952 43 Years Old 1 More Event
Crockett served four months in an Ashland, Kentucky Federal prison in 1952. … Read More


1964 55 Years Old 1 More Event
As large numbers of young civil rights volunteers traveled to the U.S. South in the spring of 1964, Crockett recruited lawyers from the National Lawyers Guild to follow them.
1965 56 Years Old In 1965, Crockett became a candidate for the Detroit Common Council. … Read More
1966 57 Years Old In 1966, Crockett was elected Judge of Recorder's Court, Wayne County, Michigan. … Read More


1974 65 Years Old In 1974, Crockett was elected Chief Judge of the Detroit's Recorder's Court.
1978 69 Years Old He served there until retiring in 1978.
1980 71 Years Old 1 More Event
In November 1980, as the candidate of the Democratic Party from Michigan's 13th congressional district, Crockett was elected in a special election to the 96th Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Charles C. Diggs, Jr. from the U.S. House of Representatives.
1987 78 Years Old Crockett chaired the Foreign Affairs' Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere Affairs from 1987 until his retirement.
1990 81 Years Old On Wednesday, March 28, 1990 Crockett, who was affectionately called "Judge" by his House colleagues, announced on the House Floor: "Mr. Speaker, a few days ago the press carried the story on the death of the Honorable Harold Medina, who was the judge who presided over the famous communist trials in New York back in 1949 and 1950. … Read More
1995 86 Years Old From the NLG office in Jackson, Crockett dispatched Guild lawyers to search for the missing men. The effort was in vain, and, years later, Crockett described his growing despair in the 1995 PBS documentary Mississippi America, narrated by Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. … Read More
1997 89 Years Old Died on September 7, 1997.
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