Beech, Harvey E., 1923-


Harvey E. Beech grew up in Kinston, North Carolina, the youngest of five children. He attended Harris Barber College in Raleigh, North Carolina, and later Morehouse College, in Atlanta, Georgia. In the early 1950s, Thurgood Marshall asked Beech to join a pending case against the University of North Carolina School of Law. Beech joined the case, along with J. Kenneth Lee. In 1951, Beech and Lee, along with James Lassiter, Floyd McKissick, and James Walker, became the first African American students to enroll at the UNC law school.--From Oral Histories of the American South biography.

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