NAACP statement on the passing of Former NAACP Deputy Director Lewis Myers, Jr.
BALTIMORE, MD. – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) grieves the passing of Lewis Myers Jr., former NAACP Deputy Director.
“Lewis Myers Jr. was committed to the work of civil and human rights. The NAACP extends our sincere condolences to his family and sends prayers of comfort and strength for the days to come,” said Leon W. Russell, NAACP National Board Chairman.
Myers tried hundreds of cases in jurisdictions across the nation and was a member of the Illinois Bar, the Bar of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Bar of the Federal Appellate Court for the Third Circuit, the Bar for the Federal Appellate Court for the Fifth Circuit, the Bar of the United States Federal District Court for the Northern District of California, and the Bar for the Federal Court of Claims.
“Lewis Myers was a true advocate for the people, whether as counsel with North Mississippi Rural Legal Services, or as NAACP Deputy Director, he was a powerful force for progress. His work and legal representation of Rev. Jesse Jackson and so many others across the country, served as a model for many. He was truly a progressive voice in the legal and civil rights community,” said Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO.
Meyers was also a member of organizations ranging from the National Conference of Black Lawyers, the National Lawyers’ Guild (Executive Board, Chicago Chapter), the National Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, and the National Conference of Black Lawyers (Chair-person, Chicago Chapter). He served as assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Chicago State University and as a part of a Special Delegation with Rev. Jesse Jackson to discuss minority communications with government leaders in Africa. He met then President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki as part of Rev. Jackson’s Delegation.
He previously met with Nelson Mandela during the NAACP Convention.
As a youth, he was elected NAACP Youth Council President for the A. A. Lucas Branch of the NAACP in Houston. In high school, he was one of several youth leaders to initiate an historic boycott designed to bring attention to the segregated apartheid policies of the Houston Independent School District.
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