Lawyer’s back story to famed civil rights cases
9/6/2013, 5:59 a.m.
Fred D. Gray, one of the nation’s most distinguished civil rights lawyers, will give a firsthand account of the court cases that changed the South on Sept. 12 at the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum.
Gray will detail his autobiography, “Bus Ride to Justice: The Life and Works of Fred Gray,” during a book discussion and signing at 7 p.m. in the museum theater.
Gray was 24 years old when he defended Rosa Parks after she was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white person in Montgomery, Ala.
He had written his autobiography, “Bus Ride to Justice,” in 1995. In it, he discussed Parks’ case but left out the full details. So in 2012, after Parks had passed away, Gray started to put together a revised edition, which was released in spring 2013.
In addition to providing the back story to the Montgomery bus boycott and his work defending Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Gray’s autobiography discusses how his case Browder v. Gayle desegregated the bus system in Montgomery; how he tried the cases that achieved school desegregation in Alabama; how he represented the victims of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study; and how he became the first African-American president of the Alabama State Bar Association.
Gray was also one of the lawyers for the seminal libel case Times v. Sullivan.
The author talk is free.
The Carter Presidential Library and Museum is at 441 Freedom Parkway in Atlanta.
For more information, visit www
.jimmycarterlibrary.gov/events or call 404-865-7100.