Banks, Fred L., 1942-


Mississippi lawyer, judge, and civil rights advocate. Served as the local counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund in Jackson, Mississippi and later served as the general counsel to the Mississippi State Conference of NAACP Branches. Banks participated in school desegregation, housing and employment discrimination, voting rights and other civil rights cases as well as general law practice. In 1975, Banks was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives from Hinds County. In February 1985, he was appointed Circuit Judge for the 7th Circuit District, which at that time included Hinds and Yazoo counties. Banks served on the Mississippi Supreme Court from 1991 to 2001. He was president of the Jackson Branch of the NAACP from 1971 through 1982 and served as a member of the National Board of Directors of the NAACP.

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