Fred D. Gray

Fred D. Gray earned his law degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1954. In 1955, he represented Mrs. Rosa Parks, whose arrest and conviction for defying the statue of segregating white and black passengers on public buses led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Mr.. gray successfully defended Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and 90 other ministers when Alabama officials tried to stop the boycott. In Gomillion vs. Lightfoot, Mr.. Gray prompted a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that eradicated gerrymandering in Alabama. Attorney Gray served in the State House of Representatives as one of the first of two African-American members since Reconstruction. Mr.. Gray was one of the two recipients of the Fletcher Reed Andrews Award as graduate of the year from the Case Western Reserve University Law School. In 1986, he was elected President of the National Bar Association.