An exemplary lawyer. The first Black woman to be editor of the Columbia Law Review, clerk to Judge Constance Baker Motley, member of the legal team in Furman v.Georgia. – gwc
by David Stout
Lynn Walker Huntley, a lawyer who was deeply involved in a wide spectrum of civil rights cases and causes, including capital punishment, race relations and employment discrimination, died Aug. 30 at her home in Atlanta. She was 69.
The cause was cervical cancer, her husband, Walter Huntley, said.
Ms. Huntley was at various times an official in the Department of Justice, general counsel to the New York City Commission on Human Rights, a lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, a scholar and program director for the Ford Foundation and president of a charity that works to improve education for children.
“We must continue to struggle against racism, sexism and other forms of oppression, not only because it is the right thing to do, although it is,” Ms. Huntley once said. “We must continue to struggle because to give in and give up is to ensure that all is lost and to betray what we stand for.”
Ms. Huntley spoke those words early in her tenure at the Southern Education Foundation, whose mission is to raise educational standards in the South, especially for black children and those from poor families. Ms. Huntley joined the foundation in 1995 and in 2002 became its first female president. By the time she retired in 2010, she had raised more than $44 million and doubled its endowment, the organization said.