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Black History Month


Last updated 3/8/2021 at 1:57pm

Black History Month is over. Many deserving persons were honored. Two were missing.

The first is Justice Clarence Thomas. He is the longest serving and senior member of the Supreme Court. Constitutionally, he is one of two highest-ranking African-Americans in the country.

Raised by dirt-poor grandparents in the deeply segregated South, Thomas graduated with honors from my alma mater, College of the Holy Cross and Yale Law School. In his career on the U.S. D.C. Court of Appeals he was considered by the Washington Legal Bar to be a brilliant, careful and fair jurist who became a close friend of Justice Ruth Ginsburg. The rest is history.

His long career with the Supreme Court consists of hundreds of brilliant opinions on many sides of the legal spectrum. I have read many. On Feb. 8, 2021, Amazon, for no reason, cancelled an excellent 30-minute documentary on his life and views.

The second man is attorney Vernon Jordan, who died on March 1, 2021. President of the Urban League, he was also born and raised in the segregated South and was instrumental in winning many of the early school integration cases. He rose to become a great “power broker” in Washington. He was a confidant of President Richard Nixon and head of President Clinton’s Presidential Transition Team. As a prominent attorney and board member, he dealt with all sides of many cases and mentored dozens of young graduates.

Not one to hold a grudge, he publicly hugged and interacted with George Wallace.

Both of these men should have been honored during Black History month. Many current “black leaders” and politicians can’t carry their shoelaces, never mind their brief cases.

I still treasure the warm personal letter I received from Justice Thomas in response to my congratulations after his contentious Supreme Court confirmation.

Jack Matthews

Osprey, Fla


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