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Program
The Civil Rights Lawyer in the South
Contributing Organization
Pacifica Radio Archives (North Hollywood, California)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip/28-1g0ht2gg9n
Pacifica Radio Archives
BB0467
Filename
PRA_AAPP_BB0467_The_Civil_Rights_lawyer_in_the_South
Description
Thom Hurwitz interviews three lawyers working for the NAACP National Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (known colloquially as The Inc. Fund), whose function is to provide legal protection when persons are deprived of some right on the basis of color or [when] they are involved in civil rights demonstrations which are an attempt to communicate to the community their problems connected with race, according to Leroy Clark, a Legal Defense Fund lawyer who had been working in St. Augustine, Florida. Charles Jones and Melvyn Zarr, who had been working in Selma, Alabama, and Jackson, Mississippi, respectively, also discuss their work. They successfully petition to remove to federal courts state cases that are concerned with federal constitutional protections, especially in instances when state courts are not liable to give civil rights defendants a fair trial. They also try to obtain federal court injunctions against state prosecutions and state harassment. The lawyers discuss movement activities in St. Augustine, Selma, Tuscaloosa, and throughout Mississippi, and the recent effects on local officials and communities of the Civil Rights Act, signed into law on July 2, 1964. In St. Augustine and Tuscaloosa, police brutality was curtailed since the passage of the law. In Mississippi, the federal government has done little to enforce it. Jones discusses Ku Klux Klan attempts in Tuscaloosa to force restaurants to re-segregate after they had initially desegregated in response to the Act. Clark discusses police brutality that is unchallenged because local leaders of communities encourage the Klan or acquiesce in their activities.
Broadcast
1964-08-27
Created
1964-08-05
Genres
Interview
Topics
Social Issues
Race and Ethnicity
Public Affairs
Law Enforcement and Crime
Subjects
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; African Americans--Civil rights--History; St. Augustine, Florida; Selma, Alabama; Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Mississippi
Contributor
Jones, Charles, Interviewee
Clark, Leroy, Interviewee
Zarr, Melvyn, Interviewee
Hurwitz, Thom, Interviewer
Media type
Sound
Duration
0:48:56
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Citation
Chicago: “The Civil Rights Lawyer in the South,” 1964-08-27, Pacifica Radio Archives, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed August 20, 2017, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_28-1g0ht2gg9n.
MLA: “The Civil Rights Lawyer in the South.” 1964-08-27. Pacifica Radio Archives, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. August 20, 2017. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_28-1g0ht2gg9n>.
APA: The Civil Rights Lawyer in the South. Boston, MA: Pacifica Radio Archives, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_28-1g0ht2gg9n