Hayes, George Edward Chalmers, 1894-1968
in Richmond, Virginia, George Hayes received a Bachelor's degree from
Brown University and in 1918 a law degree from Howard University.
Starting in 1924, he taught at Howard while in private practice in
Washington, D.C. He became a member of a group of Howard lawyers who
fought racial discrimination. He is most famous for his position as
lead council on Bolling v. Sharpe,
which was a companion case to Brown
v. Topeka Board of Education. He argued that denying black
students the right to attend non-segregated schools violated the Due
Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment. President Eisenhower appointed
Hayes Public Utilities Officer for Washington, D.C., which made him
the highest-ranking African American in the city government in 1955.