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    • 84 pages
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  • Keywords
    • Lawyer and judge biography,
    • Judge Charles Durham Sr.,
    • African American judges,
    • Judicial system,
    • Illinois Judicial Council,
    • Law and social justice,
    • Legal history

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Case Dismissed
A Biography of Judge Charles J Durham Sr.
by Covette J Hamilton

Charles James Durham was born into a Black family during the Great Depression, a time when businesses were forced to shut down, leaving thousands of people without jobs. Families struggled to keep a roof over their heads, and food on their tables. Black families suffered the most. The Durham family found themselves moving from place to place just to survive, due to the lack of finances coming into the family. Charles was the fifth of six children. This biography reveals how his courage, fortitude, willpower, and determination unshackled him from a life of poverty and rerouted him down a road that led him to achieve becoming an Illinois Circuit Court Judge.

Covette J. Hamilton was born and lives in Chicago, Illinois. She earned a BA in English from the University of Illinois in Chicago, and she earned her MA in Reading Education from Concordia University in Forest Park, Illinois. She has been a classroom teacher and reading specialist in the Chicago public school system, as well as the charter school system. She has authored four previous books. Her book Emotions Redeemed: Women Reclaiming Emotional Heath through Christ was featured at the New York Rights Book Fair in New York City in 2018. Her book Exonerated: Women Exonerated through Christ was featured in the Delta Authors on Tour Event in New York City in 2021. Prior to that, she authored two children’s books.


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