Former Attorney General Ramsey Clark to present “From Civil Rights to Human Rights” on Monday, Nov. 12

Attorney General Clark and President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1967.

Attorney General Clark and President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1967.

Ramsey Clark (Plan II, ’49), who served as attorney general under President Lyndon B. Johnson, will present a talk titled “From Civil Rights to Human Rights” on Monday, Nov. 12, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Law School’s Eidman Courtroom. The event is free and open to the public.

William Ramsey Clark was appointed assistant attorney general of the Lands Division by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, when Clark was only thirty-three years old. After his tenure as assistant attorney general, Clark served as deputy attorney general from 1965 until 1967, when Johnson appointed him the 66th U.S. attorney general. Clark served as the attorney general until the end of the Johnson Administration in January 1969, and played an important role in the administration’s civil rights agenda, including supervising the drafting of the 1968 Civil Rights Act.

Following his term as attorney general, Clark worked as a law professor and was active in the anti-Vietnam War movement. He undertook two unsuccessful Senate campaigns in New York. Clark became an anti-war and human rights activist, founding the International Action Center, and speaking out against the United States’ 1991 and 2003 military invasions of Iraq. Author of New York Times best-seller “Crime in America,” Clark served as legal counsel to many controversial figures, including Slobodan Milosevic and Saddam Hussein. In 2008 he received the prestigious United Nations Human Rights Prize.

Clark was born in Dallas. At the age of seventeen he joined the Marine Corps and served in Europe in the final months of World War II. He received a bachelor’s degree in Plan II from The University of Texas at Austin and a law degree from the University of Chicago. After completing his education, Clark joined his father’s Texas law firm, Clark, Reed and Clark, where he remained until he was appointed assistant attorney general. Clark’s father was former U.S. Attorney General and Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark, ’22. Justice Clark’s papers are housed at the Law School’s Tarlton Law Library.

The talk is co-presented by the two centers at the Law School — the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice and the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law. Student organization co-sponsors include the Public Interest Law Association, the Texas Journal for Civil Liberties and Civil Rights, and the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society.

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  1. In 2005 the International Action Center invited me to New York to protest the war in Iraq. I actually helped pack up some of Ramsey Clark’s office when he moved that spring.

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    March 15, 2005- On Saturday, March 19, activists from across the U.S. will gather in New York City to rally and march against the ongoing occupation of Iraq.

    March 19, the second anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, will be a worldwide day of protests. In New York City, tens of thousands of people will gather in Marcus Garvey Park at 10:00 am for a pre-rally, and then march to the East Meadow in Central Park. Following a noon rally in Central Park, they will march to Mayor Bloomberg’s house on 79th St.

    Speakers at the rally will include:

    Rep. Charles Rangel
    Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark
    Human Rights Attorney Lynne Stewart
    Charles Barron, NY City Council Member
    Howard Zinn, historian & activist
    Waleed Bader, National Congress of Arab Americans
    Nellie Bailey, Harlem Tenants Council
    Javier Couse, from Spain, brother killed in the war
    Ben Dupuy, Haiti Progres
    Representative from Fanmi Lavalas
    Larry Holmes, Troops Out Now Coalition
    Margarita Lopez, NY City Council Member
    Michael Ratner and Jeff Fogel, Center for
    Constitutional Rights
    Kim Rosario, mother of a soldier in Iraq
    Keith Shankler, Local 10 ILWU
    Brenda Stokely, DC 1707 AFSCME
    Rev. Lucius Walker
    Paul Washington, Captain FDNY, Vulcan Society
    Carl Webb, member of the Army National Guard who refused to go to Iraq

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