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Encore Q&A: John Doar

Washington, DC
Saturday, February 4, 2012

John Doar, Former Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations, talks about his involvement in several major civil rights events during the 1960's.

In 1962, he worked to gain the entry of James Meredith into then-segregated University of Mississippi. In 1963, he confronted and calmed protestors in Jackson, Mississippi after the assassination of Medgar Evers. He also prosecuted and convicted many individuals on federal civil rights violations including those accused of killing 3 Mississippi civil rights workers.

In 1974, he became chief counsel for the House Judiciary Committee's investigation of Watergate and helped to prepare articles of impeachment against President Nixon.

Updated: Monday, January 30, 2012 at 12:37pm (ET)

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