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L-R: H.O. “Red” Williams, Lucius D. Amerson, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Fred Gray, Ralph Abernathy, in 1966, after passage of the Voting Rights Bill of 1965.

“Destroy everything segregated I could find.” This, Fred Gray told me, was the reason he went to law school. Gray wasted no time. In 1955—remarkably, just one year out—he represented Rosa Parks, on trial for her legendary act of defiance on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.

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