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Ira Glasser, MS Biography

Former Executive Director of the ACLU
Pro to the question "Is the ACLU Good for America?"

“I love what the ACLU stands for and what it has provided me: an opportunity that very few people ever have to spend one’s worklife fulfilling a teenage dream.”

Jan./Feb. 2001

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • ACLU, National Executive Director, 1978-2001
  • New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), Executive Director, 1970-1978
  • NYCLU, Associate Director, 1967-1970
  • Current magazine, Editor, 1964-1967
  • Founding member of the Board of Directors, Asian-American Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • President of the Board of Directors, Drug Policy Alliance
  • Board of Advisors, Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics (CCLE)
  • Recipient, Lifetime Achievement Award, Massachusetts Civil Liberties Union, 2003
  • Recipient, Justice in Action Award, Asian-American Legal Defense and Education Fund, 1999
  • Recipient, Malcolm, Martin, Mandela Award, Greater Baptist Trinity Church, 1993
  • Recipient, Allard K. Lowenstein Award, Park River Independent Democrats, 1981
  • Recipient, Silver Gavel Award, American Bar Association, 1972
  • Recipient, Martin Luther King, Jr. Award, New York Association of Black School Supervisors, 1971
  • MS, mathematics, Ohio State University
  • BS, mathematics, Queens College, 1959
  • Essayist on civil liberties principles and issues whose writings have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Village Voice, Harper’s, The New Republic, The Nation, and Christianity and Crisis, among other publications
Quoted in:
  1. Does the ACLU Support Child Pornography?