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The Arc of Justice Project is dedicated to examining the distinct role of law in American history. Our goal is to facilitate meaningful civic engagement and to achieve a broadened, intergenerational understanding of the American legal system and its place in the pursuit of a just society.
Law has a distinct relationship to the history and the hopes of the American people. The grand ideal that we are a "nation of laws" insists upon a proper respect for and workable understanding of its meaning and significance to society. That's why education about law as an institution is our principal concern. Through dynamic partnerships and thoughtful initiatives,The Arc of Justice Project seeks to foster a greater understanding of the rule of law where governance, economic, and rights intersect.
We hope our special focus will assist those reaching for purpose and possibility as the American story continues to unfold...
OUR FIRST WORKS. . .
The legal and judicial efforts ensuring civil and human rights, which span the entirety of our nation’s history, are not part of our national memory. That's where our survey of the law's contribution to American history begins and we provide this education in a podcast called Hidden Legal Figures.
But we think it's more than a podcast. We think of it as an oral museum, and our episodes are like exhibits that showcase how law has shaped the American story. And the best exhibits - the best lessons - are the legal efforts associated with the Civil Rights Movement.
Hidden Legal Figures rediscovers those untold stories and brings them into plain view in a weekly podcast that is entertaining, educational, and compelling. The podcast is supplemented by a detailed sketch of legal figures discussed in its episode.
. . . AND WHAT WE'RE WORKING TOWARDS
The laws that defined life in the Jim Crow south were warped, but it was also the law that gave us the tools to dismantle segregation, piece by rotten piece. Lawyers have bent that arc of the universe toward justice. It is clear that, in our current fight, lawyers must continue to lead the charge.
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OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES
SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT THE ARC. . .
Civil rights lawyers have transformed this country, for the better, by demanding change (and getting it). And we need these dedicated public servants now more than ever!
Leah Ward Sears, Former Chief Justice, Georgia Supreme Court
I think the movement would have been a failure without the presence and support of great lawyers. . . I hope that whenever we speak of the movement we would give to the next generation a wider view and greater understanding of their contribution.
Rev. Otis Moss, Jr., Civil Rights Leader
Lawyers will always be vital to making the Constitution's promise to establish justice for all a reality. The Arc of Justice Project contributes mightily to our understanding of the civil rights movement by highlighting the heroic role of lawyers who chose to make a difference in the struggle for justice and equality.
Linda Klein, Past President, American Bar Association
It would be hard to imagine the Civil Rights Movement without the aid of lawyers. The Arc of Justice Project reminds us that when we take a stand, we can bear witness to lasting change.
Roy E. Barnes, Former Governor, State of Georgia