CWRU Honors Distinguished Alumnus and Civil Rights Icon Fred Gray

Case Western Reserve University recently honored one of its most distinguished alumnus, civil rights attorney Fred Gray (LAW '54).  Born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, Gray left his hometown to study law at Case Western Reserve when no in-state law school would accept Black students. After graduating from CWRU, he immediately used his degree to tear down the walls of a segregated America. 

In a spectacular career that spanned more than six decades, Gray cemented his legacy alongside the very clients he represented, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks.

He serves as an inspiration for all of us—a reminder that our ability to make an impact on the world around us is only limited by our willingness to fight for change. We are grateful to be a small part of his legacy. 

The CWRU School of Law celebrated Gray’s 90th birthday on December 14, 2020 with a video tribute to his work and legacy.