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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Association Branch Chief Executive
Civil Rights Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Brown
Favorite Food:
Collard Greens
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bermuda, Northern California
Favorite Quote:
Treat Everybody Else The Way You Want To Be Treated And Don't Worry About It.

Birthplace

Born:
3/24/1919
Birth Location:
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Association Branch Chief Executive
Civil Rights Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Brown
Favorite Food:
Collard Greens
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bermuda, Northern California
Favorite Quote:
Treat Everybody Else The Way You Want To Be Treated And Don't Worry About It.

Birthplace

Born:
3/24/1919
Birth Location:
Baton Rouge
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Biography

Jeff L. Greenup was born on March 24, 1919, on a farm in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana. His family included some staunch civil rights activists, and Greenup was only thirteen when he and his father were arrested for objecting to a powerful Baton Rouge businessman when he refused to pay the agreed upon price for the delivery of produce from the Greenup farm. Greenup grew up in New Orleans where he was drafted into the U.S. Army. After spending four years, one month, twenty days, and nine hours in the army, including twenty-eight months in World War II combat in the China, Burma, and India Theater, Greenup moved to New York City where he attended Long Island University on the GI Bill of Rights and received his B.S. degree in 1948. In 1951, Greenup received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School and was admitted to the New York State Bar.

After graduation, Greenup formed the law firm of Mack, McFadden and Greenup. In 1963, Greenup’s eighty-two-year-old Aunt Charlotte was arrested in Clinton, Louisiana, for protesting the treatment of African Americans, and Greenup served as one of her lawyers. Around the same time, he organized what would be known as the "United Nations Law Firm" of Greenup, Schimmel, Golar & Levister, a firm that included four partners and fourteen associates of diverse ethnic makeup. Greenup worked primarily in the area of litigation, and many of his cases were pro bono. Greenup spent six weeks during the summer of 1964 in St. Augustine, Florida, defending Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his followers. Over the years, he also represented the NAACP, CORE, and SNCC.

Greenup served as legal counsel to the Harlem Urban Development Corporation during its entire existence and was elected as president of the New York Branch of the NAACP, where he served six consecutive terms. He litigated several famous cases, including his representation of the family of Clifford Glover, a ten-year-old black youth killed by a New York City police officer, successfully winning a significant monetary reward from the City of New York. In 1984, Greenup would serve as one of the founding members of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, an organization determined to advance equality, excellence and support minorities in the legal profession. Throughout the 1980s, Greenup traveled extensively. He was selected to travel to Russia to study the Russian legal system and was sent to South Africa to ensure the legitimacy of the nation’s first democratically-held election. The NAACP awarded Greenup a Valor Award in 1991. He also received the Wiley A. Branton Award from the National Bar Association and the Ming Advocacy Award from the New York City NAACP.

Greenup passed away on March 1, 2013 at the age of 93. He was the father of two daughters, Carolann and Melanie Theresa Greenup.

Jeff Greenup was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 5, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Jeff Greenup's interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Jeff Greenup lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Jeff Greenup describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Jeff Greenup talks about his paternal uncle, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Jeff Greenup talks about his paternal uncle, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jeff Greenup recalls being arrested as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jeff Greenup remembers his release from jail
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Jeff Greenup remembers Eddie Robinson
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Jeff Greenup recalls first grade at Cornucopia School in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Jeff Greenup recalls childhood holiday celebrations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jeff Greenup describes his parents' careers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jeff Greenup remembers segregation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jeff Greenup talks about his surname
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jeff Greenup recalls meeting a distant paternal relative
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jeff Greenup recalls his father's cooperation with neighboring white farmers, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jeff Greenup recalls his father's cooperation with neighboring white farmers, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jeff Greenup recalls his father's cooperation with neighboring white farmers, pt. 3
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Jeff Greenup talks about his NAACP membership
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jeff Greenup describes his U.S. Army service
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jeff Greenup talks about racial discrimination in the segregated U.S. Army
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jeff Greenup remembers Mary McLeod Bethune
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jeff Greenup talks about his siblings' higher education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Jeff Greenup recalls learning of his aunt's arrest for voter registration
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Jeff Greenup remembers representing his aunt at trial
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Jeff Greenup recalls his cousin's role in a bus boycott in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Jeff Greenup remembers riding in an all-white train car
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Jeff Greenup describes his move to New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Jeff Greenup remembers his early years in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Jeff Greenup talks about joining the NAACP
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Jeff Greenup remembers a civil rights case in Westchester County, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Jeff Greenup recalls meeting A.P. Tureaud, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Jeff Greenup describes his attempt to waive his bar examination in Louisiana, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Jeff Greenup describes his attempt to waive his bar examination in Louisiana, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Jeff Greenup recalls his decision to attend Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Jeff Greenup remembers President Harry S. Truman's election
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Jeff Greenup recalls living at the Harlem YMCA in New York City
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Jeff Greenup describes the riot at Camp Stewart in Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Jeff Greenup recalls his overseas deployment during World War II
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Jeff Greenup remembers an attack on the white civil rights lawyers in St. Augustine, Florida
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Jeff Greenup recalls arguing a civil rights case in Quincy, Florida, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Jeff Greenup recalls arguing a civil rights case in Quincy, Florida, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Slating of Jeff Greenup's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Jeff Greenup describes his paternal aunt, Charlotte B. Greenup
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Jeff Greenup reads a letter from the Congress of Racial Equality in Clinton, Louisiana
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Jeff Greenup reads the district attorney's response to the Congress of Racial Equality in Clinton, Louisiana
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Jeff Greenup recalls learning of his aunt's trial in Clinton, Louisiana
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Jeff Greenup describes a police brutality case in Nassau County, New York
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Jeff Greenup remembers establishing the law firm of Mack, McFadden and Greenup
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Jeff Greenup recalls his civil rights work in St. Augustine, Florida
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Jeff Greenup recalls an attempt on the life of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Jeff Greenup recalls an attempt on the life of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Jeff Greenup recalls conflicts with law enforcement during the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Jeff Greenup remembers watching an interview with Thurgood Marshall
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Jeff Greenup remembers working for Thurgood Marshall
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Jeff Greenup recalls the decision of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Jeff Greenup describes his work at the law firm of Mack, McFadden and Greenup
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Jeff Greenup remembers Thomas Shea's trial for the murder of Clifford Glover
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Jeff Greenup recalls mentoring a former client, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Jeff Greenup recalls mentoring a former client, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Jeff Greenup talks about moving to Hastings-on-Hudson, New York
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Jeff Greenup recalls a trial in White Plains, New York
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Jeff Greenup remembers the law firm of Greenup, Schimmel, Golar and Levister
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Jeff Greenup recalls the search for witnesses in a robbery case
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Jeff Greenup remembers the dismissal of a robbery case
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Jeff Greenup talks about his political affiliations
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Jeff Greenup recalls his decision not to serve as a judge
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Jeff Greenup recalls his legal work for New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Jeff Greenup remembers Gloria Toot and Evelyn Cunningham
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Jeff Greenup remembers his work for the Harlem Urban Development Corporation
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Jeff Greenup talks about the Harlem Urban Development Corporation
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Jeff Greenup talks about the gentrification of New York City's Harlem neighborhood
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Jeff Greenup recalls the development of Lenox Terrace in New York City
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Jeff Greenup recalls the attempted evictions at Lenox Terrace
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Jeff Greenup describes his career trajectory in the NAACP
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Jeff Greenup remembers his election as president of the NAACP New York Branch
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Jeff Greenup recalls suing the City College of New York, pt. 1
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Jeff Greenup recalls suing the City College of New York, pt. 2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Jeff Greenup talks about the Metropolitan Black Bar Association
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Jeff Greenup describes the community of black lawyers in Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Jeff Greenup remembers travelling to the Soviet Union
  • Tape: 10 Story: 8 - Jeff Greenup remembers his visit to the Soviet Union
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Jeff Greenup recalls his first trip to South Africa
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - Jeff Greenup describes his experiences in South Africa
  • Tape: 11 Story: 3 - Jeff Greenup remembers receiving the William Robert Ming Advocacy Award
  • Tape: 11 Story: 4 - Jeff Greenup talks about receiving the NAACP Men of Valor award
  • Tape: 11 Story: 5 - Jeff Greenup describes the Wiley A. Branton Award
  • Tape: 11 Story: 6 - Jeff Greenup describes his hopes for the next generation of lawyers
  • Tape: 11 Story: 7 - Jeff Greenup narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 12 Story: 1 - Jeff Greenup narrates his photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 12 Story: 2 - Jeff Greenup narrates his photographs, pt. 3
  • Tape: 12 Story: 3 - Jeff Greenup narrates his photographs, pt. 4
  • Tape: 13 Story: 1 - Jeff Greenup narrates his photographs, pt. 5