Remembering the life of Jack Greenberg, 2nd Director-Counsel
of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
The Thurgood Marshall Institute of the
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
“Jack Greenberg, the second director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. and its longest-serving leader, never intended to become a civil rights lawyer, let alone a pioneer in the fight for racial justice and equality. That career path, he once said, didn’t exist when he went to law school.
But Thurgood Marshall, who in the 1940s was already working and strategizing to tear down Jim Crow’s hold on African-American life, saw promise in the 24-year-old and hired him soon after his graduation from Columbia Law School. A lawyer of Jewish background born to immigrant parents from Poland and Romania, Greenberg was LDF’s first white assistant counsel but one among equals with Marshall and his trusted assistants, Robert Carter and Franklin Williams.”
You can read the program of the event, here.