In 1903, William Herbert Johnson became the first African American graduate of Syracuse University College of Law. Despite graduating with honors and having an impeccable character, he was denied admission to the New York State Bar due to prevailing racial discrimination in the legal profession.
On October 18, 2019, Mr. Johnson will be admitted to the Bar, posthumously, to correct this longstanding injustice and celebrate his many contributions to the Syracuse legal community and community at large.
Please join Presiding Justice Gerald J. Whalen and Justices of the Appellate Division, Fourth Department; Mr. Johnson’s Family; Members of the Syracuse University College of Law Faculty; College of Law alumni, including the Founders of The Syracuse Black Alumni Collective; and other distinguished guests on this historic occasion.
This event was published on October 2, 2019.