Background Louis Redding was born in Alexandria, Virginia to parents Lewis Alfred Redding and Mary Ann (Holmes) Redding, but moved to Wilmington, Delaware during his childhood. The Redding family resided at 203 East 10th Street in the heart of Wilmington's African-American community. Redding attended segregated public schools and graduated from Howard High School (the only high school for African Americans in the state at the time) in 1919. He subsequently enrolled at Brown University and graduated with honors in 1923. After college, Redding became vice principal of Fessenden Academy in Ocala, Florida and later taught at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1925, Redding entered Harvard Law School. He was the only African-American in Harvard Law's 1928 graduating class. Redding was admitted to the Delaware bar in the following year.
- Kluger, Richard, Alfred Knoph,1975, page 432.
- Kluger, Richard, Alfred Knoph,1975.
- Lindenmuth, Janet (8 February 2012). Delaware Library Blog. Widener University. Retrieved 2 October 2013.