Robert Carter, Fighter Against Segregation, Dies


NEW YORK (AP) — Robert Carter, a lawyer who was an integral member of the team led by Thurgood Marshall that turned to the courts to battle segregation, has died. He was 94.

Carter, who later spent decades on the federal judiciary, died Tuesday morning at a Manhattan hospital after suffering a stroke last week, said his son, John Carter, who is a judge on the New York state bench.

Robert Carter joined Marshall at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Legal Defense and Education Fund after leaving military service in 1944.

He worked on a number of anti-segregation cases, the most high-profile of which was Brown v. the Board of Education. In that case, the plaintiffs represented by the NAACP team argued that the system of legal segregation was unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed in a 1954 decision.

Carter “was always a fighter,” his son said. “I saw through him the kind of progress that one could make in fighting evil through law.