John Doar, who found himself in the middle of the battle to end racial segregation in the U.S South and ensure voting and other rights for blacks in America is dead.
John played a pivotal role in the fight for civil rights as a U.S. Justice Department official in the 1960s and later served as a special counsel in Congress’ investigation of the Watergate scandal.
The New York Times quoted his son Robert as saying he died at his Manhattan home on Tuesday of congestive heart failure.
Doar , the first white that came out publicly to defend Blacks has involved in so many things. He was involved in federal efforts in 1961 to protect the Freedom Riders, young civil rights activists seeking to integrate public bus transportation in the South. He also helped escort James Meredith when he was admitted in 1962 as the first black student at the University of Mississippi in the face of angry protesters.
President Barack Obama, who awarded Doar the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012, said on Tuesday he “was one of the bravest American lawyers of his or any era.
“Time and time again,” added Obama, “John put his life on the line to make real our country’s promise of equal rights for all.”