Civil Rights: Constitutional Commandos

It may be the sit-ins, pray-ins, stall-ins and school boycotts that stir headlines and dramatize Negro grievances. But the fundamental civil rights revolution has been in the courts, where in ten years U.S. Negroes have made giant strides.

The leading force behind this progress is a kind of constitutional commando—Manhattan's N.A.A.C.P. Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Though it has only 14 fulltime lawyers, the aggressive defense fund has in recent years argued more cases before the Supreme Court than any other non-governmental organization. Last week it scored again when the...

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