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Resolution

Honoring John Roberts ―JR‖ Clifford

WHEREAS, J.R. Clifford was a delegate to the historic 1906 Niagara Movement Meeting at Harpers Ferry WV, a meeting that helped lead to the formation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; and

WHEREAS, John Robert ―J.R.‖ Clifford was the first African American admitted to practice law in West Virginia by the West Virginia Supreme Court; and

WHEREAS, as a distinguished member of the legal profession, Clifford won a case before the West Virginia Supreme Court, Williams v. Board of Education, on behalf of a Tucker County African-American School that furthered the rights of all African American students and teachers in West Virginia; this case served as a precursor to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education of 1954;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, civil rights pioneer John Roberts ―J.R.‖ Clifford will be honored along with others as the NAACP moves toward its centennial anniversary.

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