Richard Theodore Greener

(1844-1922)

The first African American to graduate from Harvard University, U.S. Richard Theodore Greener became a professor of metaphysics at the University of South Carolina, where he also earned a law degree. From there he served on the South Carolina Supreme Court and as consul to several foreign countries.

Throughout his career Greener was noted as a gifted speaker and writer, particularly concerning Black issues. He led the way for others today who carry on the work of making the American legal system more accessible to people of colour.

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