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In 1942, Scovel Richardson, attorney and president of Urban League of St Louis, won a case that kept him from being forced out of his home in a white neighborhood.


Scovel Richardson, a very accomplished attorney and later a US Court of International Trade Judge, was just 30 years old when he won a 1942 court case to keep him from being forced from his home in a white neighborhood by white groups that included Market Avenue Protective Association and St. Louis Real Estate Exchange.  
Richardson career included presidency of the Urban League of St. Louis in 1944 and serving as Dean of the Lincoln University Law School from 1944-1953.  Richardson was then appointed as the first black member of the US Board of Parole by President Eisenhower.  Richard served on the Board of Parole from 1953 - 1957, functioning as chairman from 1954 - 1957.  In 1957, Eisenhower appointed Richardson to the US Court of International Trade.  Richardson remained on the bench until his death in 1982.
NY Times Obituaries, www.nytimes.com/1982/03/31/obituaries/scovel-richardson-us-judge.html, accessed 09/28/2014 Scovel Richardson, en.wikipedia,org/wiki/scovel_richardson, last modified 12/27/2013, accessed 09/28/2014
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