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Robert L. Carter Biography

Prompted To Activism By Pool Ban, Forged Legal Fighting For Civil Rights, Laid Groundwork For Brown V. The Board Of Education

1917—

Judge, civil rights activist

Robert L. Carter was stung by the treatment he suffered as a young black man, but the pain was an incentive, not a discouragement. Carter grew up to be one of the key architects in the 1954 Supreme Court case Brown v. the Board of Education, which outlawed racial segregation in public schools. Despite the achievements made in civil rights in the 50 years since that landmark ruling, Carter told the New York Times, "I am not satisfied. This country is still dedicated to white supremacy, and I am black."

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