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Program
The Negro Lawyer in the South
Contributing Organization
Pacifica Radio Archives (North Hollywood, California)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip/28-4t6f18sn70
Pacifica Radio Archives
BB0119
Filename
PRA_AAPP_BB0119_The_Negro_lawyer_in_the_South
Description
James R. Walker, Jr. of the North Carolina Bar speaks before a session devoted to the lawyer's role in the battle to eliminate racial segregation at the National Lawyer's Guild Convention in San Francisco. Walker speaks on his struggles as a Negro lawyer in the South and strategies fighting legal battles against discrimination in North Carolina, especially against literacy tests. He uses specific cases to illustrate his theme of the profound influence and effect of the unwritten law on the legal system in the South. Walkers efforts, legal historian John W. Wertheimer has noted, prompted both the General Assembly and the Supreme Court of North Carolina to make the states voter registration rules less discriminatory. The resulting reforms were substantial. Walkers career, Wertheimer writes, highlights an underappreciated aspect of civil rights during the 1950s and 1960s: grassroots litigationthat is, locally based efforts to achieve legal change through test cases in appellate courts. For information on Walker, see John W. Wertheimer, Law and Society in the South: A History of North Carolina Cases (Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press, 2009).
Broadcast
1960-10-14
Topics
Social Issues
Race and Ethnicity
Public Affairs
Subjects
National Lawyers Guild; North Carolina. Supreme Court; African Americans--Civil rights--History
Contributor
Walker, James R., Jr., Speaker
Media type
Sound
Duration
0:47:42
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Citation
Chicago: “The Negro Lawyer in the South,” 1960-10-14, Pacifica Radio Archives, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed October 24, 2017, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_28-4t6f18sn70.
MLA: “The Negro Lawyer in the South.” 1960-10-14. Pacifica Radio Archives, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. October 24, 2017. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_28-4t6f18sn70>.
APA: The Negro 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_28-4t6f18sn70