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Johnnie Cochran
  • Format
  • Authored by: Gloria Blakely
  • From the Series: Black Americans of Achievement: Legacy Edition
  • Trim Size: 6-1/2 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0791091120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7910-9112-8
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $35.00
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 10/01/2006
  • Dewey Number: 340
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 152


Attorney Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. set a new standard for civil rights advocacy in the courtroom. Through determined effort, he won seemingly impossible legal cases—O.J. Simpson, Willie Stafford, Todd Bridges, James Mincey Jr.—and negotiated for a freer, safer existence for African Americans. A compassionate man with roots in Louisiana slavery and sharecropping and an education from some of the best schools in Los Angeles, Cochran furthered the work of Thurgood Marshall, W.E.B. DuBois, and Martin Luther King Jr. He held big-city police accountable for their actions; helped ban the fatal police chokehold in Los Angeles; stood up to corporate disregard; and established one of the nation’s largest legal firms. This biography spotlights the life and legacy of the man who believed “an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”


Full-color and black-and-white photographs. Sidebars. Chronology. Further reading and Web sites. Index.

About the Author(s)

Gloria Blakely is a journalist and history lover who wrote Condoleezza Rice for Chelsea House's African-American Leaders series. She also wrote Danny Glover and added updated text to the Muhammad Ali, Jesse Jackson, and Rosa Parks biographies in the Chelsea House Black Americans of Achievement, Legacy Edition series. Blakely graduated from the Howard University honors program and is a member of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists. She also co-wrote the anthology Great African Americans and she has written for numerous newspapers and national magazines, including Essence, Upscale, and Pathfinders Travel. She is listed as an up-and-coming children’s book writer in the reference book Something about the Author, and received two writing awards at the 2003 Philadelphia Writers’ Conference. She lives in Philadelphia.

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