Coverart for item
The Resource Fighting within the bar : Judge Elreta Alexander and civil rights advocacy in Greensboro, North Carolina, by Virginia Lyndsay Summey

Fighting within the bar : Judge Elreta Alexander and civil rights advocacy in Greensboro, North Carolina, by Virginia Lyndsay Summey

Label
Fighting within the bar : Judge Elreta Alexander and civil rights advocacy in Greensboro, North Carolina
Title
Fighting within the bar
Title remainder
Judge Elreta Alexander and civil rights advocacy in Greensboro, North Carolina
Statement of responsibility
by Virginia Lyndsay Summey
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Elreta Melton Alexander (1919-1998) was a pioneering African-American attorney from Greensboro, North Carolina. Coming of age during the Jim Crow period of the South, she was the daughter of a Baptist minister and a teacher, and grew up in a black middle class community. The descendant of two white grandparents, her biracialism formed her early awareness of colorism within the African-American community. Alexander received her Bachelor of Arts from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University before going on to become the first African-American woman to graduate from Columbia Law School in 1945. In 1947, she became the first African-American woman to be admitted to the North Carolina bar. Her husband, Dr. Girardeau "Tony" Alexander was a prominent surgeon at L. Richardson Hospital, the segregated hospital for African Americans in Greensboro. Their marriage, which lasted thirty years, was often troubled, with domestic violence, infidelity, and alcoholism, ending in divorce in 1968. After establishing her practice in Greensboro, Alexander became a successful attorney. In 1964, she defended Charles Yoes, who stood with three other men accused of raping a white woman, Mary Lou Marion. The trial went on to become the longest criminal trial in Guilford County court history at the time, and changed the county's jury selection procedures. In 1968, Alexander became the first African-American woman to become an elected district court judge. During her tenure she created the controversial Judgment Day program, aimed at rehabilitating young, first-time offenders. In 1974, Alexander ran for North Carolina Supreme Court chief justice, losing in the Republican primary to James Newcomb, a white, fire-extinguisher salesman. Newcomb went on to lose to Democrat Susie Sharp, who became the first elected female state Supreme Court chief justice in the country. Alexander's loss prompted changes to North Carolina judicial election requirements. Through it all, Alexander remained devoted to her only son, Girardeau, III, who suffered from schizophrenia. While not a well-known figure in the Civil Rights Movement, this dissertation offers a new perspective on civil rights leadership. Alexander was more than a judge to those she interacted with; she was also a teacher who integrated her commitment to civil rights in everything she did. As Alexander said, "Every case to me was a civil rights case." This work contends Alexander dedicated her career to civil rights and challenging the status quo of the segregationist South through performative leadership and using her professional standing to advocate for marginalized individuals who lacked a voice in the southern legal system."--Abstract from author supplied metadata
Cataloging source
NPC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Summey, Virginia,
Degree
Ph. D.
Dissertation year
2017
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Granting institution
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • theses
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Alexander, Elreta Melton
  • African American women judges
  • African American women lawyers
  • African American women civil rights workers
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • Greensboro (N.C.)
Label
Fighting within the bar : Judge Elreta Alexander and civil rights advocacy in Greensboro, North Carolina, by Virginia Lyndsay Summey
Link
http://libres.uncg.edu/ir/uncg/f/Summey_uncg_0154D_12357.pdf
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • ProQuest number: 10639145
  • Directed by Charles Bolton ; submitted to the Dept. of History
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-279)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
viii, 279 pages
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • on1089832589
  • (OCoLC)1089832589
  • 2411548
System details
Available online via NCDOCKS
Label
Fighting within the bar : Judge Elreta Alexander and civil rights advocacy in Greensboro, North Carolina, by Virginia Lyndsay Summey
Link
http://libres.uncg.edu/ir/uncg/f/Summey_uncg_0154D_12357.pdf
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • ProQuest number: 10639145
  • Directed by Charles Bolton ; submitted to the Dept. of History
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-279)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
viii, 279 pages
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • on1089832589
  • (OCoLC)1089832589
  • 2411548
System details
Available online via NCDOCKS

Library Locations

Processing Feedback ...