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- The Negro Lawyer in the South
- Contributing Organization
- Pacifica Radio Archives (North Hollywood, California)
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- Pacifica Radio Archives
- 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).
- National Lawyers Guild; North Carolina. Supreme Court; African Americans--Civil rights--History
- Walker, James R., Jr., Speaker
- Media type
- 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 April 29, 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. April 29, 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