Remembering Fredrick L. McGhee, Minnesota’s First African American Attorney

Feb 28, 2022 12:00PM—1:00PM



Cost Free

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In Celebration of Black History Month, this program is co-sponsored by the RCBA, MSBA, and HCBA New Lawyers Sections in Partnership with The Givens Foundation for African American Literature.
Monday, February 28, 2022
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Live Webinar via Zoom
1.0 Standard CLE Credits
Presenter:Paul Nelson, author of Fredrick L. McGhee: A Life on the Color Line, 1861-1912 (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2002)

Fredrick McGhee was and is the only major Minnesota public figure born in slavery; the first locally-famous African American; and still the greatest of Minnesota civil rights leaders. He made his fame as a trial lawyer, with many front-page cases, but he was also an orator, an organizer, a writer, and a thinker ahead of his time. In the great clash of visions between Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois, McGhee broke with Washington before DuBois did. There is no one in Minnesota history quite like Fred McGhee.