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Solomon Seay Jr. is a prominent civil rights attorney who worked on cases involving the Selma to Montgomery March, the Freedom Riders and public school desegregation in the landmark Lee v. Macon decision.
Solomon Seay Jr. was a prominent Civil Rights attorney in Montgomery, Alabama who worked on cases involving the Selma to Montgomery March, The Freedom Riders, John Lewis and the Lee vs. Macon public school desegregation.
After suffering the loss of his wife, Thurgood Marshall returned to the courts and fought for integration of schools at the local level.
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When Sullivan won the case in Alabama, The New York Times appealed, arguing that its right to print the ad was protected under the first amendment. As a result of the ruling in Sullivan, U.S. libel law was rewritten. Seay, worked on another Supreme Court case in 1964, when he defended the plaintiff in the case of Lee v. the Macon County Board of Education.
For the next two decades, the firm fought against the unjust denial of the rights of African-Americans,
including racial discrimination in the work place, police brutality and harassment by hate groups.
Seay mourned his father's passing in 1988. In 2006, Seay's wife of 53 years, teacher Ettra Spencer Seay passed away. The couple had four children. One child passed away at 12 months.
Seay's memoir, Jim Crow and Me: Stories from My Life as a Civil Rights Lawyer, was published in 2009, receiving positive reviews.
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