Robert McCants Andrews, Esq.

By Brother David L. Carl

untitled-design-5     A pioneer in law, Andrews established himself as one of the first successful Black attorneys to practice in the early twentieth century. Born in South Carolina in 1891, and initiated into Alpha Chapter, he graduated from Howard University in 1915. He then matriculated to Harvard Law School where he readied the way, and championed the campaign, to permanently claim the New England region for Omega.

Andrews practiced in both state and federal courts, boldly seizing political and economic opportunities to help establish the Durham professional class known as Black Wall Street. A skilled litigator and resourceful legal scholar, he won the largest verdict by a Black lawyer in North Carolina, and served as general counsel for NC Mutual Life Insurance.

Fearless, creative, and persuasive, he transformed American jurisprudence by being among the first attorneys to effectively use Black professionals as expert witnesses before all-white juries. An intrepid advocate for civil rights, he led industrious campaigns to inspire and unite Black leaders, registered unprecedented numbers of new Black voters, and employed the courts to blast away the legal devices and barriers erected by white officials to bar citizens from the ballot.