Vanzetti Morris Hamilton was born August 19, 1927 in Detroit to George and Sarah (Shuford) Hamilton. The Hamilton’s moved to Ypsilanti and Vanzetti went on to attend the Michigan State Normal College (now Eastern Michigan University) and taught at Willow Run Schools. He married Barbra Fullerton of Battle Creek and together they had four children. Mr. Hamilton went on to get a law degree from Wayne State and opened a practice in Ypsilanti. Vanzetti Hamilton was a pioneering Black lawyer who took on Civil Rights and discrimination cases. The The Vanzetti Hamilton Bar Association was founded in 1991 in his honor. Vanzetti Hamilton passed away on January 29, 1991.