Justice Hugo Black died on this date in 1971, eight days after he retired from the Supreme Court. He was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s first appointee to the Court. When the President nominated him he was a Senator from Alabama. Many called into question the appointment when it became known that he was once a member of the Ku Klux Klan—however, he joined only to further his career. Notably, his judicial opinions never indicated otherwise. He was on the Court from 1937-1971. Listen to this C-Span program to learn more @ http://www.c-span.org/video/?75485-1/justice-black-tribute. 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.