June 2013

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Tradition of Commitment to Civil Rights Lives On at Baker Donelson

Chervis - 16th St

(Photo of Chervis Isom outside Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham)

One of the things I love about Baker Donelson is our rich history. Especially, I love the legacy of our lawyers who have been deeply involved in working for civil rights and justice, and how that legacy is honored and carried on by our lawyers today. I get to see that every day in my work with the firm’s pro bono programs, but it has never been more in evidence than during this year’s observations of the 50th anniversary of many of the seminal events of the civil rights movement. (more…)

Heroes Among Us

Sometimes my job comes with really amazing benefits.  Last night was one of those times – I had the pleasure and the honor of meeting Myrlie Evers-Williams, a hero of the civil rights movement, walking history, a national treasure, and a beautiful human being.  There are so many remarkable things about this woman.  Her determination and steadfastness in the face of race hatred, violence and terrible loss – of course, that. But also her ability to let go of bitterness, to return to Jackson, Mississippi, where her husband was gunned down in the driveway of their home, and to continue working to make it a better place for everyone.  Her embrace of people and things she would have every right and reason to hate.  The eternal flame of hope in her heart, and in her eyes, and in her voice. (more…)