Attorney and Activist Clarence Dunnaville, Jr. Visits Catlin Gabel

By Gus Edelen O'Brien '17

Civil rights activist and attorney, Clarence Dunnaville, Jr., educated the Catlin Gabel student body in Cabell Center on Monday with tales about growing up in racially segregated Virginia and the sit-in movement.

Dunnaville spoke about his life before fielding questions from students (Photo: Nico Hamacher '15)

Dunnaville spoke about his life before fielding questions from students. (Photo: Nico Hamacher ’15)

Dunnaville witnessed the famous Brown vs Board of Education verdict as a young man, worked as a lawyer for the IRS, and was the first African-American to practice law for AT&T.

Maya King ’17 stated, “I was awed by how much history and baggage this man carried, and how he lived through events our generation learns about through history books.”

Dunnaville spoke about another man: Justice Lewis F Powell Jr, who he described as “the champion of racial fairness”. Powell grew up in racial segregation before graduating from the Harvard University of Law and becoming chairman on for the case of Brown vs Board of Education.

Read Dunnaville’s article about Powell here