In Memoriam

August 26, 2009
We note with sadness the passing of U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, a leading advocate of progressive ideals and a friend to ACS. Sen. Kennedy was a major draw at a 2002 ACS national event and more recently he authored an article for the summer 2008 volume of the Harvard Law & Policy Review (HLPR), the official journal of ACS, on the work of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.

A passionate and eloquent voice for the advancement of civil rights, Sen. Kennedy took great interest in the effectives of the Civil Rights Division, and in his article for HLPR wrote that during the Bush administration, a politicization of the Division had resulted in "significant damage to the Division's effectiveness, its reputation, and the morale of its career employees." In Restoring the Civil Rights Division, Kennedy maintained that the Division must be made devoid of political agendas and "return to its historic mission of addressing discrimination based on race in employment, education, housing, and voting."

In a statement lauding Kennedy's life and work, President Obama said, "An important chapter in our history has come to an end. Our country has lost a great leader, who picked up the torch of his fallen brothers and became the greatest United States senator of our time."

Additional articles and tributes recognizing Kennedy:

The New York Times, Edward Kennedy, Senate Stalwart, Dies.

The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times, Kennedy's Legal Legacy.

Los Angeles Times, Edward Kennedy dies at 77; ‘liberal lion of the Senate.'

The Washington Post, Colleagues, Leaders, Locals Mourn Senate ‘Patriarch.'

Boston Globe, Kennedy dead at 77.

Also watch The Huffington Post's "video retrospective" of Kennedy, by clicking the image below.