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The Equal Justice Society mourns the loss of John Payton, the President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., who died late Thursday after a brief illness. He was 65. EJS expresses our deep condolences to his wife, Gay, and to the LDF family on this tragic loss.
“John Payton was a champion for civil rights for all of his legal career,” said Eva Paterson. EJS President. “His masterly defense of race conscious remedies in his argument before the Supreme Court in Croson v City of Richmond
is one of the many highlights of a brilliant career. His impish delight in developing strategies for maintaining and extending rights for all in our society is in my mind’s eye as I think about John. He was a first rate successor to the legacies of Thurgood Marshall, Jack Greenberg, Julius Chambers, Elaine Jones, and Ted Shaw. He will be missed. Gay is another warrior. We send our love and support. Onward.”
Read ” John Payton In Memoriam” on the LDF site.
About Equal Justice Society. The Equal Justice Society is a national strategy group heightening consciousness on race in the law and popular discourse. Using a three-pronged strategy of law and public policy advocacy, cross-disciplinary convenings and strategic public communications, EJS seeks to restore race equity issues to the national consciousness, build effective progressive alliances, and advance the discourse on the positive role of government. Learn more about us athttp://equaljusticesociety.org