Other Contributio ns to The Civil Rights Movement The New Law Firm In 1958, Clayton Chester Logan and Thurgood Marshall (left) established a law firm called Marshall and Logan. This law firm was meant to help end segregation by defending those who were victims of it, and they did exactly so. However, Logan and Marshall faced many challenges. Their offices were vandalized with many hurtful and racist words, and someone even started a fire that unfortunately burned down half of the office. Raising the money to build it up again was difficult and time consuming, but they pulled it out in the end. They were often mocked and sued many times, but they knew it was worth to deal with the
hardships, because they had to go through with it to make the world a better place. "Running this law firm was so tough that at one point I thought I should just give up, but Marshall pulled me out of it when he reminded me of the reason why we established it in the first place; to defend the victims of segregation. Everytime are spirits were brought down, we thought of a world of equality and it kept us moving forward," says Logan. In 1961 Marshall was appointed United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and he had to leave the law firm. "I was saddened when I realized I had to leave the law firm, but I had no worries because I knew that now Logan was more than capable to run the law firm by himself," says Marshall. Marshall had been right at the time, Logan continued to run the Marshall and Logan law firm successfully.
"When I heard of the "freedom riders", I knew I just had to do it. I was so eager to participate in the boycotting that I left the next week to join in," claims Logan. "Freedom riders" were civil right activists who rode on interstate buses from the North into the segregated South. They wanted to test the Supreme Court Freedom Riders with a burning bus
decision Boynton vs. Virginia, that outlawed segregation in bus terminals serving buses that cross state lines. Logan joined the association that started it all, Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). He went on many "freedom rides" and felt proud to be a part of it. Logan's job was to abide the law and stay in the back, so he could call CORE to bail out the rest of the "freedom riders" who got arrested. It might seem like he was given the easiest job but it was to save his career as a lawyer. Just like the other freedom riders he was beaten as well. He was also almost arrested a few times. Sometimes he had to be
away from his family for a few days but he knew was helping end segregation, even if it was just a little. "But most importantly I was being a role model for his 9 yearold son," he says.
March on Washington
When Logan heard about a march in Washington D.C. for jobs and freedom, he was beyond thrilled. He was tired of being ridiculed for being a black lawyer. "I don’t want the next generation of people, including my son to feel the painfulness of any racism or segregation," he says. He also hated the limited opportunities blacks had for education and the feeling you got when you were rejected. He was reminded of his painful rejection from Maryland State. At that time Logan had lived in Baltimore, Maryland. He brought his family along because heard it shouldn't be violent. His son participating in such an event made him proud and it would be a good memory for him when he grew up. He drove all the way from
Maryland to Washington D.C. to join in on the march. He always remembered the “I have a dream” speech Martin Luther King Jr. gave that day, which moved many people, including him. He knew his family will never forget August 28, 1963 when they participated on the March on Washington. By Vanessa Scott