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Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing: James Weldon Johnson and National Poetry Month

When April rolls around, along with National Poetry Month, daily poems fill my inbox–and I realize that it’s a great opportunity to look for a lawyer-poet to celebrate in the blog. James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) was a polymath, working in a broad range of fields including poetry and law. After graduating from Atlanta University, he […]

An Extraordinary Law Librarian

The following is a guest post by Debbie Shrager, a legal reference librarian who worked in the Law Library’s Public Services Division. In this post, Debbie writes about the extraordinary life of John F.N. Wilkinson, who worked in the Law Library of Congress from 1857-1912. Wilkinson’s service to the Law Library is certainly the most fascinating fact I have […]

Anniversary of Thurgood Marshall’s Swearing-In to the Supreme Court

Today is the anniversary of Justice Thurgood Marshall’s swearing-in as an associate justice of the Supreme Court on October 2, 1967. He was the Court’s 96th justice and the first African American to hold a seat on the Supreme Court. President Lyndon Johnson nominated the then-Solicitor General Marshall on June 13, 1967 to fill the post […]