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Statement by the President on the Passing of John Payton
By Sentinel News Service
Published March 23, 2012

Statement by the President on the Passing of John Payton

Michelle and I were saddened to hear about the passing of our dear friend John Payton. As president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, John led the organization’s involvement in five Supreme Court cases. A true champion of equality, he helped protect civil rights in the classroom and at the ballot box.  The legal community has lost a legend, and while we mourn John’s passing, we will never forget his courage and fierce opposition to discrimination in all its forms.

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Our thoughts and prayers go out to John’s family, the many students he taught, and those who love him.

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