Interview with William Coleman
QUESTION 6
INTERVIEWER:

WHAT WAS THURGOOD MARSHALL…

William Coleman:

Well, Justice Marshall was the uh, council and the paid head of the NAACP Legal and Educational Defense Fund. At that time, uh the… the, it was very close to the NAACP. Uh, in fact Justice Marshall was a council of NAACP as well as the council of the legal and educational… NAACP legal and educational defense fund. Uh, after the success in Brown uh, the uh, Southern Legislatures began to put a lot of pressure on the White House and the Department of the Treasury to take away the tax exemption of the leg—NAACP legal defense fund. And based upon that it was felt that there should be a separation of the two organizations, though the two of them continued to work very closely together.