Johnson, Frank Minis, 1918-

Biography:

Federal judge Frank M. Johnson Jr. (1918-1999) played a crucial role in shaping civil-rights law in America and applying it in Alabama. Johnson's legal decisions desegregated schools in Alabama, busing in Montgomery, eliminated the state poll tax, allowed blacks to serve on juries, and authorized the 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery. Many other rulings also had far-reaching consequences toward achieving civil rights for blacks, inmates, and the mentally ill. ("Frank M. Johnson, Jr." Encyclopedia of Alabama. Retrieved September 2, 2008. http://encyclopediaofalabama.org/.)

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