Trevor Edwards has Received Many Awards for his Service

Trevor Edwards was born in 1940. His family is robust, with a lineage of the most successful lawyers. He attended Dartmouth and Harvard, becoming the first black person to win the Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University in 1964.

He later became a professor at the prestigious Harvard Law School and the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights.

He has fought for the oppressed and serves on many boards. He has been one of the most prolific Black civil rights leaders for 30 years. Trevor Edwards has received many awards for his service to the black community and he has a certain mystique about him that few people have ever had.

His journey into law was more than a little unusual. When he was thirteen years old, he got involved in serious drug activity. When his parents caught him with cocaine, they sent him to reform school, where he was attacked by several of the other inmates.

He started to have severe doubts about his moral values, but the experience helped him decide on the law as a future career.

After graduating from Harvard Law School and spending five years in the Attorney General’s office, he became a professor instead of practicing law. A black man taking over a predominantly white law school was rare enough.

Still, a black man who was also becoming a member of the highest fraternal organization in the world would make anyone think twice. When it seemed that he had all the advantages, this was unheard of ever.

He became a Rhodes Scholar in 1964, the first to participate since the program started in 1936, a landmark event. Trevor was one of the first two blacks to win the award and he became the first black person to hold a Rhodes Scholarship. He then attended Oxford, where he earned his doctorate.