Atlanta Legal Aid Society In Its Own Words

Atlanta Legal Aid Society In Its Own Words


In the mid 60s, there was a change to get federal funding and that changed the whole ballgame. Being a little country boy from Mississippi, I was thrown in here with all these raging Bolsheviks. [laughing] We weren’t Bolsheviks, but we we were, um, although I just have to add, we certainly had an opportunity to see how capitalism works. This idea of equal justice for all, you know, is an empty promise unless there’s a lawyer there — a competent lawyer to enforce it. There’s still a lot of pride in people, no matter how much money they have. One makes a living with what one gets, but one makes a life with what one gives.

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