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Charles Law speaks at the National March on Washington for Lesbian & Gay Rights, October 14, 1979.
Walter Charles Law was born on March 26, 1951, and earned a doctorate in education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. In his professional life, he left an indelible mark on Texas Southern University, where was appointed as University Archivist in 1977. In 1979 he developed a proposal for what would become a permanent archive to house the official records of Texas Southern University, including board meeting minutes, presidential papers, yearbooks, dissertations, photographs, and other documents.
Law was also a significant
force in the gay and lesbian communities. He
This local involvement
eventually led him to the national stage as a speaker at the National
March on Washington in 1979. He opened that speech by challenging the
lesbian and gay liberation movement in the 1980's to be about "integration,
and not assimilation." He worried that after the death of Harvey
Milk, the lesbian and gay rights movement would face the same challenges
that seemed to mark the civil rights movement ten years after the death
of Martin Luther King - the sense that
progress would come only for a few:
Dr. Law passed away on May 31, 1993. See Obituary, where you can also hear his 1979 March on Washington speech.