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Dovey Johnson Roundtree

American civil rights and criminal defense lawyer
Roundtree in 1994

Dovey Johnson Roundtree (April 17, 1914 – May 21, 2018) was an African-American civil rights activist, ordained minister, and attorney. That case, Sarah Keys v. Carolina Coach Company (64 MCC 769 (1955)), which Dovey Roundtree argued with her law partner and mentor Julius Winfield Robertson, was caused by Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy during the 1961 Freedom Riders' campaign in his successful battle end the enforce its rulings and end Jim Crow in public transportation.[1]

Roundtree was saluted by First Lady Michelle Obama on the occasion of the release of her 2009 autobiography, Justice Older than the Law, which Roundtree co-authored with Washington journalist Katie McCabe and which won the 2009 Letitia Woods Brown Award from the Association of Black Women Historians.[2]

Roundtree died in Charlotte on May 21, 2018 at the age of 104.[3]

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  1. "Petition for Rule-Making Filed by Attorney General on Behalf of the United States," ICC Docket No. MC-C-3358, May 29, 1961
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-10-18. Retrieved 2009-11-10.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. Fox, Margalit (21 May 2018). "Dovey Johnson Roundtree, Barrier-Breaking Lawyer, Dies at 104" – via NYTimes.com.

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