During the process of researching my eminent person, Charlotte E. Ray, I came to the realization that there wasn’t a lot of information about her. I searched numerous libraries such as, the Vancouver Public Library, Coquitlam Library City Centre Branch, Coquitlam Public Library, and the Port Moody Public Library; however, I was out of luck. I couldn’t find a single book based on Charlotte E. Ray. The closest book I found was a book called Race, Law, and American Society: 1607-Present by Gloria J. Browne-Marshall; but, it didn’t bring up any new information about Charlotte E. Ray. Regardless, the book was extremely useful in terms of comparing and contrasting other lawyers of colour.
This article was exceptionally convenient because it gave a timeline of Charlotte E. Ray’s life in chronological order. It starts off with a brief introduction of who Charlotte E. Ray is, and continues on by explaining her early years, her life as a legal pioneer, as well as her later life. Overall, the article was well organized, easy to understand, and it also provided me with a sufficient amount of information to tell the life story of Ray.
Due to the fact I wasn’t able to obtain further information on Charlotte E. Ray, I had to use the “least trusted” website, Wikipedia, as my last alternative. Surprisingly, Wikipedia had new information about my eminent person other websites, books, or videos did not have. However, according to rumours, anyone is eligible to edit, add, or remove information. To make sure I wasn’t spreading false rumours about Ray, I had to check every single citation to make sure the information wasn’t flawed. Thankfully, it wasn’t.
This article mainly focuses on Charlotte E. Ray’s significance and the impact of her achievement. Starting with her ambitious goals to her groundbreaking achievements, the article explains why she had broke the barriers of racism and opened the doors for females of colour who wish to excel in the same field. Unlike other websites, biography.com gave thorough explanations as to why Ray was so eminent. Because of this, I was able to analyze the key events that occurred during her time as a lawyer.
Encyclopedia mainly focused on Charlotte E. Ray’s motivation and the process as to how she continued to fight for what she believed in. This article was exceptionally beneficial for writing my speech since I had no idea how to start. Near the end of the article, it states that Ray was a member of the National Association of Coloured Women. After reading the five words, a bell rang in my head to write my speech as if she was giving a lecture at one of the NACW conferences.
Like other websites, blackpast.org also talked about Charlotte E. Ray’s life and her buildup to becoming the first female African-American lawyer. Compared to other websites, this article gave detailed explanations of her parents’ occupation, birth place, name, etc. Knowing her parents’ occupation was immensely beneficial when answering questions during the learning centre presentation.
Britannica was the first article I used to gain basic knowledge on my eminent person.From her studies to the climax of discrimination and hatred she received as a female African-American lawyer, Britannica was what inspired me to choose Charlotte E. Ray as my eminent person. Though the article is short in length, it covers the most important events that occurred during her life as a lawyer. From her studies to the climax of discrimination and hatred she received as a female African-American lawyer, Britannica was what inspired me to choose Charlotte E. Ray as my eminent person.
Browne-Marshall, Gloria J. Race, Law, and American Society: 1607-Present. Routledge,
Race, Law, and American Society by Gloria J. Browne-Marshall was the first resource I used for my project and I must say, it was extremely convenient comparing and contrasting female lawyers of colour to my eminent person. From property of ownership to education to crime and criminal justice to civil rights, the book touches upon many aspects that has affected a lawyer of colour as well as the differences from approximately 400 years ago to now. Furthermore, the author mainly focuses on the affirmed or rejected claims of racial injustice in the US Supreme Court. Due to the fact my eminent person, Charlotte E. Ray, was the first woman to argue cases at the US Supreme Court, this book gave me a lot of useful information about women in the Supreme Court which other websites did not have.