- Former Chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
- Pro to the question "Is the ACLU Good for America?"
“When I was put out of the legislature, on the lower court level the ACLU and Chuck Morgan represented me… I knew the ACLU because of its civil rights activities as much as because of its civil liberties activities. And in my case – Bond v. Floyd – was a civil liberties case. This was my right to free speech. And the ACLU helped me immeasurably in that.”
Interview with Erika Clark, ACLU News, Winter 2005
- Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with PhDs and JDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the ACLU. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the ACLU.
- Involvement and Affiliations:
- Chairman, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 1998-2010
- Distinguished Professor in Residence, American University in Washington, D.C
- Professor, University of Virginia, 1998-present
- President and now President Emeritus, Southern Poverty Law Center, 1971-present
- Recipient, National Freedom Award, 2002
- Lecturer, University of Virginia, 1990-1998
- Senator, Georgia Senate, 1975-1987
- Member, Georgia House of Representatives, 1965-1975
- Staff and Managing Editor, The Atlanta Inquirer, 1961
- Co-founder, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Became SNCC’s communications director, responsible for its printing and publicity departments and editing the SNCC newsletter, The Student Voice.
- Member, National Advisory Board, ACLU
- Founder, Committee on Appeal for Human Rights (COAHR), a student civil rights organization that helped win integration of Atlanta’s movie theaters, lunch counters, and parks
- BA, English, Morehouse College, 1971
- Hosted America’s Black Forum and still serves as a commentator for the show, 1980-1997
- Commentator for radio’s Byline and for NBC’s Today Show
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