It is an honor and privilege to lead the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association this coming bar year as its 25th President. Our theme this year is "Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present, and Focusing on the Future.”
On October 4, 1990, our
founders established the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association as a
proactive organization of diverse attorneys with a mission of promoting
legal practice opportunities for people of color and facilitating equal
justice for all citizens in Oakland County. Our mission has since
expanded, as we work to deliver opportunities for attorneys throughout
the region. Ultimately, it is our goal to carry on, and build upon, the
illustrious legacy of David Augustus Straker.
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David Augustus Straker by Carrie Sharlow
The state of Michigan was built by the lumber and auto industries, agriculture, and the lawyers who lived, studied, and practiced here. The articles in this occasional series highlight some of those lawyers and judges and their continuing influence on this great state.
On December 31, 2000, Detroit officials opened a time capsule compiled 100 years earlier by former city mayor William Maybury. The box contained approximately 30 letters from prominent Detroit citizens with predictions of the future. One of those citizens, an attorney who knew of the prejudice of which he wrote, predicted “the sunlight of a more perfect understanding of man will drive out the demon prejudice and when the 21st century arrives he will find no resting place in the beautiful city of the straits.”1 In his lifetime, D. Augustus Straker brought his own measure of “sunlight” to Michigan.