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Alabama NewsCenter — Alabama attorney Fred Gray will receive Presidential Award of Freedom from Biden

| July 3, 2022 @ 6:00 pm

By Chuck Chandler
Alabama NewsCenter Staff

President Joe Biden on July 7 will award Alabama’s Fred Gray Sr. the Presidential Award of Freedom, which is the nation’s highest civilian honor, the White House announced Friday.

The 91-year-old attorney still practices law in his Tuskegee offices, as well as in his hometown of Montgomery, where the street he grew up on was renamed last year from Jefferson Davis Avenue to Fred D. Gray Avenue.

Gray, who represented the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., as told in the new book “Alabama v. King,” is one of the most respected figures in the modern movement toward equality for Blacks. Gray also represented Rosa Parks, and his courtroom victories led to many of the most important gains in reducing the vast disparity in rights that was a reality in America when he opened his first law office in Montgomery in 1954.

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