Joe Levin

charleene, 05 September 2008, No comments
Categories: Civil Rights


Joe Levin (1943 – ?) is a founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The SPLC is a non-profit organization that attempts to “combat hate, intolerance, and discrimination through education and litigation.” He was born in Montgomery, Alabama as the son of a lawyer. While in college at the University of Alabama, he observed the persecution of the editor of the school newspaper for advocating the move from segregation to integration in the south. The Ku Klux Klan went so far as to burn a cross outside the editor’s house, and Joe witnessed it. Since the SPLC’s inception in 1971, he has served several positions. As the legal director, he worked on more than 50 major civil rights cases. In 1979, Joe became a lawyer in Washington, but he continued to serve as president of the SPLC.


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