Post Date: March 6, 2006

Professor Charles Ogletree was recently named the first ever recipient of the Rosa Parks Award, given by the city of Boston. Mayor Thomas Menino presented the award as part of the city’s African American Achievement Awards for black history month.

“I’m deeply honored to receive the inaugural Rosa Parks Award from the city of Boston and Mayor Menino,” Ogletree said. “Rosa Parks sat down, in protest, so that people like me, generations later, could stand up, and fight for justice and equality.”

Throughout his legal career, Professor Ogletree has focused on issues of civil rights and justice. In September, he launched the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice to study issues of racial injustice. He has written extensively about civil rights and is the author of two books that examine Brown v. Board of Education — “Brown at 50: The Unfinished Legacy” and “All Deliberate Speed.”

The newly formed CHH Institute will sponsor research, hold conferences, research policies and promote partnerships to explore topics related to race and justice.