J.L. Chestnut, Campaigning For Rights In Selma As the first African-American attorney in Selma, Ala., J.L. Chestnut Jr. campaigned to free jailed Civil Rights activists in the 1960s — an effort he detailed in his autobiography, Black In Selma. Chestnut died of kidney failure on Sept. 30; he was 77.
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J.L. Chestnut, Campaigning For Rights In Selma

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J.L. Chestnut, Campaigning For Rights In Selma

J.L. Chestnut, Campaigning For Rights In Selma

J.L. Chestnut, Campaigning For Rights In Selma

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As the first African-American attorney in Selma, Ala., J.L. Chestnut Jr. campaigned to free jailed Civil Rights activists in the 1960s — an effort he detailed in his autobiography, Black In Selma. Chestnut died of kidney failure on Sept. 30; he was 77.

This interview was originally broadcast Aug. 9. 1990.