The Washington Post has this interesting story on the life and times of Judge Thomas Randolph Monroe, who served Arlington County as a judge from 1972 to 1993.
The obituary says in part:
"Born in the Eastern Shore's Northampton County, near Cape Charles, Va., Judge Monroe worked as a caddy at a whites-only golf course and was a star center fielder for the town's baseball team. He graduated from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte and served as a sergeant in the Army in the Pacific and European theaters during World War II. He received his law degree from Howard University in 1951 and set up a private law practice in Arlington the next year.
He practiced law for 20 years and quickly established himself as a civic leader, serving as president of the Arlington chapter of the NAACP in 1955 and circulating a petition to desegregate Arlington's schools. Into the early 1970s, he stayed in the struggle, joining a group of parents whose children attended the all-black Drew Elementary School in a desegregation suit against the county."