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Jack Pemberton Dies, Led ACLU In Turbulent '60s

Publication Date: 
October 27, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
Bob Egelko

Professor Emeritus William Gould is quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle's article remembering Jack Pemberton, former national executive director of the ACLU, who died on October 21, 2009:

John "Jack" Pemberton, who led the American Civil Liberties Union in the 1960s when it won milestone Supreme Court cases on interracial marriage, political representation and student free speech, died Oct. 21 at his home in Monte Rio. He was 90.

Mr. Pemberton was the ACLU's national executive director from 1962 to 1970 and spent most of the rest of his career in the Bay Area as a law professor and regional counsel of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in San Francisco.


"He was very influential in expanding the ACLU's horizons beyond simply individual rights," said William Gould, a Stanford law professor and former chairman of the National Labor Relations Board who worked with Mr. Pemberton on discrimination cases.