Eulogy: John Minor Wisdom

John Minor Wisdom was one of the earliest and most influential voices against racial segregation. As a federal judge with jurisdiction over six states of the old Confederacy, Wisdom helped lead the South into the modern age by striking down barriers of racial discrimination in voting, jury selection, employment, schools, jails, public parks, playgrounds, hotels, restaurants, bars, sports and adoptions.

It is difficult now to imagine how inspiring his judicial opinions were, how they supported and encouraged those of us on the front lines of the emerging civil rights movement.

Wisdom was guided by a vision of color-neutral society, but...

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