On September 25, 1971, former Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black died, eight days after he retired from the Court. He was a Senator from Alabama when President Roosevelt nominated him as an Associate Justice. Many called into question the appointment after it became known that he was once a member of the Ku Klux Klan—however, he joined the Klan only to further his career. Notably, his judicial opinions never indicated otherwise.
Justice Black was on the Court from 1937-1971. Listen to this very informative program to learn more at http://goo.gl/A7n4OQ. Justice Black’s wife, son, and former law clerk are interviewed, along with Professor Steven Eagle from George Mason University School of Law and Roger Newman, the author of Hugo Black: A Biography.