National Headline News

News > Latest News > National Headline News > Longtime Tennessee civil rights lawyer dies at 86

Longtime Tennessee civil rights lawyer dies at 86

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A longtime Tennessee civil rights lawyer known for his involvement in a case that ultimately desegregated the state's public colleges and universities has died. Fellow law partners confirmed that George Barrett died Tuesday at a hospital. He was 86. In a career that spanned more than 50 years, Barrett not only handled numerous civil rights cases, he also represented corporate whistleblowers and tackled securities fraud. He is perhaps best known as the attorney for a young Tennessee State University instructor named Rita Geier, who filed a lawsuit in 1968 accusing the state of operating a dual system of higher education for minorities. The case dragged on for 38 years. Douglas Johnston Jr. was a founding partner alongside Barrett at the firm Barrett Johnston Martin & Garrison. Johnston said his colleague was a giant of the civil rights movement.

National Headline News

LANDOVER HILLS, Md. (AP) — A surgeon who died of Ebola after treating patients in his native Sierra Leone will be...
NEW YORK (AP) — Some well-off Manhattan residents paid $100 each Friday for the honor of eating a candlelit...
NEW YORK (AP) — Black Friday seemed a little less crazy this year. There were squabbles here and there, and elbows...
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say corn was in the stomachs of two dozen crows and it was likely tainted,...
NEW YORK (AP) — Some well-off New York City residents have paid $100 each for the honor of eating a candlelit...