Civil Rights and the Law

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Remember a local band called Sly and the Family Stone? Fifty years ago, on February 12, 1967, they performed at the Fillmore to benefit something called the “Council for Civic Unity.” That Council was a white civil rights organization that lobbied for civil rights laws.

Here is the band playing and singing their hit song called, “Everyday People,” that Sly Stone, otherwise known as Sylvester Stewart, is credited with writing.

In 1967, President Lyndon Johnson nominated Thurgood Marshall to our Supreme Court. Justice Marshall won cases before the Supreme Court before he joined it. Here is some history to remind us what justice looked like more than 50 years ago.

Thurgood Marshall served our Supreme Court from 1967 to 1991. He died in 1993 at age 84. Sly Stone will be 74 years old in March. He and his band were honored at the Grammy Awards in 2006. The Recording Academy (Grammy Awards) announced that Sly Stone was awarded a Special Merit Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2017.

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