Noted civil-rights litigator who worked with Thurgood Marshall dies at the age of 91

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Jack Greenberg, a lawyer who worked on civil-rights cases alongside Thurgood Marshall, died this week at the age of 91.

Marshall had hired Greenberg in 1949 at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Greenberg went on to lead the group for 23 years, report the New York Times and the Washington Post. He was involved in more than 40 civil rights cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including Brown v. Board of Education.

According to the Times, Greenberg “helped achieve through the courts what the political system had denied Southern blacks: voting rights, equal pay for equal work, impartial juries, equal access to medical care, equal access to schools and other benefits of citizenship broadly enjoyed by whites.”

Greenberg was also a law professor at Columbia University, the same school where he received a law degree. He later became dean of Columbia College.

See also:

ABA Journal: “Brown at 50”

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