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Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Commends the Life and Work of E. Duke McNeil

February 22, 2010

“Duke McNeil and I were family friends. As a founding member of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, he walked with Dr. King in the fight for open housing and worked hard for quality education for all children. As an attorney, he handled cases for the indigent who could not afford a lawyer.

He won the case against the Red Squad, spying on civil rights organizations and activists. And for years he was the voice of our Saturday Morning Forum broadcast which is heard around the world.

We are all deeply indebted to Duke McNeil for a lifetime of outstanding public service. Lawyers of his ability, who give so much and demand so little in return, are rare and beautiful. Thank you Duke McNeil.”