Voices of civil rights lawyers : reflections from the deep South, 1964-1980 /

Civil rights lawyers were handmaidens of change who worked in the back rooms during twentieth-century America's era of profound social upheaval. Kent Spriggs, a noted lawyer of the period, gathers stories of legal maneuvers and memories of racial injustices from 26 voices--white and black, male...

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Other Authors / Creators:Edelman, Marian Wright, writer of foreword.
Spriggs, Kent, editor.
Format: eBook Electronic
Imprint: Gainesville : University Press of Florida, 2017.
Online Access:Click here for full text at Project MUSE
Table of Contents:
  • Introduction
  • How civil rights lawyers emerged
  • Children of the South / Fred Gray
  • The making of a lawyer / Barbara Phillips
  • How I became a civil rights lawyer / Jack Drake
  • From Gardendale, Alabama / Laughlin McDonald
  • Growing up in Winnsboro, South Carolina / Larry Menefee
  • Growing up in Bama
  • Children of the north / Armand Derfner
  • Growing up in the shadow of the holocaust / John C. Brittain
  • Growing up on the Gold Coast / David Lipman
  • Race consciousness / Mac Farmer
  • Why did I go? / Kent Spriggs
  • Growing up in Washington, D.C.
  • The context of civil rights litigation
  • Big events / Fred Gray
  • Selma once more: the 1965 Selma March / Larry Aschenbrenner
  • The first damages judgment against the KKK / Larry Aschenbrenner and Armand Derfner
  • Democratic convention in Chicago: white Mississippi delegation barred / Reber Boult
  • Senator McClellan seeks to prove SNCC is communist / Armand Derfner
  • Miscegenation comes to Mississippi / Norm Siegel
  • The full court press for voting rights in Alabama / Larry Aschenbrenner
  • Mississippi seeks to ban the civil rights lawyers
  • The tenor of the times / Larry Aschenbrenner
  • Mass meetings, demonstrations, and boycotts / Barbara Lipman
  • Being married to a civil rights lawyer / Jim Lewis
  • From civil rights worker to civil rights lawyer / Dennis Roberts
  • B. King, iconic civil rights lawyer / Bill Ferguson
  • Seeking justice for a blind black man in front of Judge Cox / Kent Spriggs
  • "Summer vacation" in Mississippi / Larry Aschenbrenner
  • Get a bullet in your car at the law library / Henry Aronson
  • The politics of civil rights lawyering / Kent Spriggs
  • The Rev. C.K. Steele and racism in Tallahassee / Elliott C. Lichtman
  • Mississippi notes / Armand Derfner
  • Opening up the closed society
  • Arrests of lawyers (and other "minor indignities") / John C. Brittain
  • Arrests while practicing law in Mississippi / Armand Derfner
  • Doing a little time in Holly Springs / Mac Farmer
  • Elements of procedure I missed at Harvard Law School / Kent Spriggs
  • Arrests, a beating, and a moment of weakness / Richard Sobol
  • Arrested by Leander Perez Sr. / Henry Aronson
  • Getting punched by Sheriff Clark and other misadventures / David Lipman
  • Get a rifle barrel in the mouth for monitoring an election in Belzoni / Constance Slaughter-Harvey
  • A very bad morning in Rankin County
  • Modes of law practice / Fred Banks
  • 538{1/2}: the Legal Defense Fund office in Mississippi / Richard Sobol
  • Lawyers Constitutional Defense Committee in Louisiana / Mac Farmer
  • Lawyers Constitutional Defense Committee in Mississippi / Armand Derfner
  • It changed my life: lawyers constitutional rights committee in Mississippi / Larry Aschenbrenner
  • The formation of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law / Larry Menefee
  • Private practice in Alabama / Jack Drake
  • Nonprofit and private practice in Alabama
  • Basic legal rights
  • Access to justice / Armand Derfner
  • The friendly judicial climate
  • Voting rights and political representation / Richard Sobol
  • Voting shenanigans in Madison Parish / Fred Banks
  • Rights lawyers emerge into politics / Laughlin McDonald
  • Voting rights in Edgefield County / Larry Menefee
  • Challenging at-large elections / Larry Aschenbrenner
  • Mississippi pushes back against the Voting Rights Act / David Lipman
  • Voting in LeFlore County
  • Public accommodations / Solomon Seay
  • Solomon Seay seeks public accommodation / Don Marmaduke
  • Desegregating the Neshoba County courthouse / Richard Tuttle
  • Integrating the Fox Theatre / Richard Sobol
  • Trying to get service at Bill's Highway 80 24-hour Truck Stop / Larry Aschenbrenner
  • Integrating the Admiral Benbow Inn swimming pool / Henry Aronson
  • Desegregating the Parliament House Hotel
  • School desegregation and municipal equalization / John Maxey
  • Ulysses S. Grant's legacy / David Lipman
  • School desegregation and municipal equalization / Fred Banks
  • The Legal Defense Fund's massive effort / Kent Spriggs
  • Desegregating schools in northern Mississippi
  • Employment discrimination / Richard Sobol
  • Crown Zellerbach becomes the standard / Kent Spriggs
  • The perfectly segregated plant in the perfectly segregated town / Kent Spriggs
  • Monsanto: fair employment comes to a megaplant
  • How the civil rights movement and litigation advanced other movements for social justice
  • Constitutional race-based litigation and the friendly judicial climate lead to other areas of constitutional litigation / Jack Drake
  • The constitution comes to the state residential hospitals / David Lipman
  • The rule of law comes to infamous Parchman Prison
  • How the civil rights movement and litigation informed other movements for social justice / Barbara Phillips
  • The legacy of other social justice movements / Mac Farmer
  • Rights in Mississippi informs LGBT concerns
  • Framing the contemporary dialogue of race / Barbara Phillips
  • The Trojan horse called "diversity" / Larry Menefee
  • White supremacy lives
  • Conclusion.