September 19, 2012 Harvard Law Professor to Discuss Book on Being a Civil Rights Lawyer

Account of Pioneering Mid-20th-Century Lawyers Includes Thurgood Marshall

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Through the stories of such figures as Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, author Kenneth W. Mack brings to life African-American legal practice across the nation during the civil rights movement. According to Mack, Marshall rose to prominence by convincing local blacks and prominent whites that he was – as nearly as possible – one of them. In addition to Marshall, Mack introduces readers to a little-known cast of other characters important to this narrative.

These and other issues relating to the generation of civil rights lawyers of the mid-20th century are explored in “Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer” (Harvard University Press, 2012) by Kenneth W. Mack. Mack will discuss and sign his book on Thursday, Oct. 11, at noon in the Mumford Room, located on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. This Books & Beyond event is co-sponsored by the Center for the Book and the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress. It is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

Kenneth W. Mack is a professor of law at Harvard Law School and a legal historian. He used the extensive resources in the Library’s Manuscript Division in his research.

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PR 12-173
ISSN 0731-3527