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Bill Taylor in 1964.

The Passing of a Civil Rights Giant 

William L. Taylor, one of the leading figures in the nation’s civil rights movement for a half-century, passed away on June 28 of complications from a fall. He was 78.
Though not an alumnus of Catholic University’s law school, Taylor founded and directed the Center for National Policy Review, which was based the Columbus School of Law for a number of years. The center monitored the work and regulations of federal administrative agencies for discrimination, and its mission drew (now retired) Professor Raymond Marcin to join the faculty in 1971 as a supervising attorney for the center.
“Bill was indeed a giant in the civil rights movement. There was an endearing, self-effacing humility in his character that, I think, kept him from getting all the recognition that he richly deserved,” said Marcin.
Described in newspaper obituaries as being at the center of every major civil rights battle from 1955-2010, former Dean Clinton Bamberger recalled of Taylor that “Bill did some of his important work while he was based at CU Law.”
Please see the June 30 Washington Post article about Taylor’s life, work and achievements.