REV. OTIS MOSS, Jr. DISCUSSES LEGACY OF DONALD LEE HOLLOWELL AS PART OF STATE BAR OF GEORGIA PSA CAMPAIGN
The State Bar of Georgia has included The Arc of Justice Project in its 2019 Who Needs Lawyers PSA campaign. Rev. Otis Moss, Jr., a veteran of the Civil Rights Movement shared his reflections of noted civil rights lawyer, Donald Lee Hollowell and his legal efforts in the desegregation of the University of Georgia. The interview was shot on location at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia.
Few know of the historic and vital contribution lawyers and judges made to the success of the American Civil Rights Movement. In fact, legal and judicial efforts ensuring civil and human rights span the entirety of our nation's existence.
But it is the concentrated efforts of lawyers and judges in the twentieth century that deserve special recognition. They issued and advanced the call to establish justice. They pried loose the meaning of equal protection of the laws. And they forged into existence a more perfect union. These legal figures - men and women, black and white - have remained hidden too long. They should be in plain view, and the work they did and its importance to the nation should be recognized in a manner that is meaningful, lasting, and beneficial.
We believe an exhibit is a grand and befitting means of accomplishing this goal and we are beginning with a traveling exhibit we call Under the Color of Law.
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.
Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., National Honorary Chair, The Arc of Justice Project
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
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
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
The lasting change wrought by the Civil Rights movement cannot be rightly recounted without telling the story of the dozens of lawyers and judges who ensured the movement of the 50's and 60's became law for the ages. The Arc of Justice Project tells their story. . .lest we forget how essential the law and its stewards are to the betterment of society and its citizens.
Darrell L. Sutton, President, State Bar of Georgia