The White House commemmorates 50-year anniversary of Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights

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Today is the 50th anniversary of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

The Lawyers’ Committee is a non profit organization that has made efforts to use bar-certified lawyers to do pro bono work to help combat racial discrimination in the courtroom.

President John F. Kennedy urged people to support equality under the law, and commissioned the group in 1963.

Since then, the Lawyers’ Committee has achieved significant results in providing disadvantaged people and issues affecting them with meaningful representation.

President Kennedy was not the only president to recognize the achievements of this organization. The White House released a statement that said President Obama will commemorate the anniversary by holding a reception in the East Room.

Those in attendance will include members of the Obama administration, members of Congress, civil rights leaders, and the organizers of the Lawyers’ Committee.

The Grio has compiled a list of some of the Lawyer’s Committee’s most important milestones.