Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP will participate in a ceremony at the White House in Washington, D.C. this week marking the 50th anniversary of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Birmingham partner Dylan C. Black, who sits on the Lawyers’ Committee Board of Directors, will represent the firm at the event on Thursday, August 1. President Obama is expected to attend and address those gathered.
President John F. Kennedy created the Lawyers’ Committee in 1963 to enlist the private bar’s leadership and resources in combating racial discrimination and the resulting inequality of opportunity. At the inaugural meeting in Washington, D.C. that led to the creation of the Committee, President Kennedy, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy urged the 244 lawyers in attendance to use their training and influence to move the struggle for the protection of civil rights “from the streets to the courts.”
A Bradley Arant Boult Cummings name partner, the late William Douglas Arant, was one of the attorneys at that historic meeting in 1963. Mr. Arant remained involved with the work of the Lawyers’ Committee through the rest of his career, and Bradley Arant Boult Cummings has maintained ties with the organization as well.
“It is an honor to be involved in marking this event, which is an important occasion for both the country and our firm,” said Mr. Black. “During its 50 years, the Lawyers’ Committee and its members have done crucial work advocating for the civil rights of all Americans, and that work continues.”
For more on the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, visit http://www.lawyerscommittee.org/.