Black judges announce the formation of a judicial court created to seek legal reform.
1971 (Aug 4)
The nation's Black federal, state, and municipal judges attending the 46th annual meeting of the Black National Bar Association (NBA) in Atlanta announced the formation of a judicial court through which they would work for legal reform. Judge Edward Bell of Detroit, president of the NBA, said the new council would seek to return to the idea that the courts belong to all of the people, poor as well as rich, Black as well as white. The judges also pointed out the absence of Black federal judges in the South. At the time of the meeting, there were 285 Black judges in the country, representing slightly more than 1 percent of 20,000 jurists in the nation.