|Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas|
Theodore V. Wells Jr. is one of the country's most successful lawyers, defending high-profile clients and usually winning.
Clarence Thomas, also a respected lawyer, ascended to the highest court in the land, the Supreme Court.
Edward P. Jones is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Known World,” and has received a MacArthur “genius grant.” The three men have more in common than unusually high levels of achievement. All are African-American. All are graduates of the College of the Holy Cross. All say their success as undergrads — and in large measure later in life as well — was greatly influenced by the direction and support they received from the Rev. John E. Brooks, the Jesuit priest who was president of Holy Cross during the uneasy times of the civil rights movement and integration. The college was a the hilltop bastion of about 2,200 white males when Father Brooks, then a professor of theology at Holy Cross, brought a group of 20 newly recruited black men to the campus in the strife-riven fall of 1968. A book, “Fraternity,” by Bloomberg Businessweek writer Diane Brady traces the college careers of five of those young men and their later-life reflections on the challenges of breaking down the racial barriers.
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