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Posted by: Suzanne Craig Robertson on Sep 6, 2018

The 1940 unsolved homicide of civil rights activist Elbert Williams has been reopened in Haywood County by Garry Brown, District Attorney for the 28th Judicial District. Williams is recognized as the first known NAACP member to be killed for his civil rights work. He was a participant in the Brownsville NAACP branch’s 1940 effort to register African-American voters. Retired Alamo lawyer Jim Emison, a former TBA president, has been instrumental in bringing the case to the forefront. Read more about this, and other news in the September TBJ, including the role of another former TBA president, Lucian Pera, in the American Bar Association's effort to modernize rules on lawyer advertising.