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|Press Release of Senator John F. Kennedy on the National Bar Association, Washington, DC|
|August 31, 1960|
Senator John F. Kennedy told a group of Negro lawyers representing the National Bar Association today that-
in a new Democratic administration there will be far better representation, on the basis of merit, of persons of all racial groups-in the Federal judiciary.
The lawyer's group included Elmer C. Jackson, of Kansas City, president of the National Bar Association; Edward B. Toles, of Chicago chairman of the Judiciary Committee; William S. Thompson, of Washington, D.C., executive board member; Theodore W. Coggs, of Milwaukee, second vice president; Leroy G. Charles, of Chicago, regional director; Roy C. Garvin, of Washington, D.C., and Mrs. Rosa Charles, of Chicago, president of the women's auxiliary of the National Bar Association.
Senator Kennedy told the group:
With more than 4,000 lawyers in this country there are many outstanding Negroes from whom to choose future judges.The full text of the Senator's remarks follows:
As the guardian of our constitutional rights, the Federal judiciary must have at all levels the best possible judges. This means that appointments must be made on the basis of merit. But it also means that an active search must be made to find outstanding men and women of all races and backgrounds.
|Citation: John F. Kennedy: "Press Release of Senator John F. Kennedy on the National Bar Association, Washington, DC", August 31, 1960. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=74306.|
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