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The Black Hero Behind One of the Greatest Supreme Court Justices

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It was a gentle warning from a person with a shared history and a common set of references: “I beg to repeat to you the words of an old Colored man that formerly belonged to your father—they were do-do-take-care.” The last four words were underlined to emphasize the message of concern: do-do-take-care. The letter was written by Robert Harlan, the leading Black politician in Ohio, to John Marshall Harlan, the white future Supreme Court justice, on April 14, 1877. And it underscored an unlikely alliance that, though hidden from history,…

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