Moving America Toward Justice | Lawyers Committee 50th Anniversary

50th Anniversary Op-Ed Series

The State of Equality and Justice
in America

This all-star series, "The State of Equality and Justice in America", launched in December 2012, is penned by some of the most prolific civil rights and thought leaders of the 21st Century:



Congressman John Lewis and Bryan Stevenson

The Presumption of Guilt


Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq., National Chair, National Congress of Black Women

'No One Can Change the Change'

Marc Morial, President/CEO of the National Urban League

Masters of Our Own Fate

Wade Henderson, President and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

The Federal Government Must Step Up

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director/CEO & Co-Founder of MomsRising.org

'The Maternal Wall'

The Rev. C.T. Vivian, National President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference

The Urgency of Now Must be Taken Seriously

Laura Murphy, Director, Washington Legislative Office, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

The Pendulum Swings between Joy and Despair

Benjamin Todd Jealous, President/CEO of the NAACP and Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Council

Bayard Rustin: An Unsung Hero for Equality

Dr. Elsie L. Scott, Founding Director of the Ronald W. Walters Center, Howard University, and Immediate Past President/CEO, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

Let Us Not Lose Focus on the Justice Issues That Still Loom


Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., President/CEO Rainbow/PUSH Coalition

America Stands at a Crossroads

U.S. Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (D-N.Y.)

Another Side of the Debate on Affirmative Action

Charles J. Ogletree Jr., Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, and Executive Director and Founder, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice

It Is the Best of Times and the Worst of Times

Barbara Arnwine, President & Executive Director, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

50 Years of Moving America Toward Justice: Reflections on Civil Rights Milestones and Struggles