On August 12, 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated Hugo Black to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Soon after it was revealed that he had once been a member of the Ku Klux Klan. Nonetheless, the Senate confirmed Black in a vote of 63 to 16. Those who thought he’d be a loyal Klansman were certainly proven wrong. During Black’s tenure the Court unanimously held in Brown v. Board of Education that—“in the field of public education the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.” Ultimately Justice Hugo Black was viewed as one who championed civil rights. Learn more @ http://goo.gl/rSpb0f.