Series 16
Legal records, 1960-2002
Boxes 784 - 794 and 917

Scope and Content Note

The subseries consists of the legal records of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference from 1960-2002. Documents include case files, correspondence, and office files. The bulk of the material covers the years 1968-2002, when SCLC and its employees and affiliates were most engaged in litigation and other projects, such as the Gun Buyback Program. The records in the series are mostly comprised of the records of Chauncey Eskridge, who acted as Martin Luther King's attorney, Director of the Southern Christian Leadership Foundation, and SCLC's general counsel from the mid-1960s to the late 1970s. There are few records documenting legal activity during the 1980s, but the series provides a more comprehensive view of SCLC's involvement in legal affairs throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, under the direction of Roxanne Gregory. In addition to aiding SCLC in legal affairs, Gregory also championed many social causes, both for SCLC and other organizations, including the Center for Children and Education. Also included in the series are a number of records detailing administrative activities in the legal department, as well as subject files on topics ranging from church arson to racial profiling.

Arrangement Note

Organized into two subseries: (16.1) Legal case files and (16.2) Legal Department office files.

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Legal records relating to court cases are restricted for 25 years from the date of their creation, with the exception of briefs and motions filed with the court.

Description of Subseries