Addressing this year’s scholars on June 7 was former Tuskegee Airman Dr. Robert M. Higginbotham Sr., the father of Dean Joseph Curtis Professor of Law F. Michael Higginbotham.
The Tuskegee Airmen is the popular term for the African-American fighter and bomber pilots, and their support personnel, who fought during World War II. The pilots were educated at Tuskegee University in Alabama and trained, among other places, at the Tuskegee Army Air Field.
Dr. Higginbotham, 91, a retired orthopedic surgeon in Beverly Hills, Calif., told the Charles Hamilton Houston scholars to “work hard, be excellent in everything, deal honestly with people and you will earn their respect,” according to the article.
The Charles Hamilton Houston Scholars Program helps underrepresented college freshmen and sophomores to develop the academic skills needed to improve their undergraduate performance and to enhance their chances for admission to and success in law school.
The program’s namesake played a significant role in dismantling the Jim Crow laws and trained future U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.