Championing a Continual Commitment to Justice and Equality

Dean Roger A. Fairfax Jr. Joins White House Gathering to Mark the 60th Anniversary of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Dean Roger A. Fairfax Jr.

In a world grappling incessantly with issues of justice, equality, and civil rights, Dean Roger A. Fairfax Jr. stands as a steadfast advocate for progress and hope. His role as a member of the Board of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law during its 60th anniversary underscores an unwavering dedication to the cause, truly reflecting the essence of American University Washington College of Law.

"It was a tremendous honor to be present in the East Room of the White House with President Biden for the 60th-anniversary commemoration of the convening of the genesis of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law by President John F. Kennedy in the summer of 1963," Fairfax said. "The work of the Lawyers' Committee is more important than ever. I am proud to be counted among the lawyers in the United States leading the charge in the defense of civil rights and racial justice."

President Biden's impactful speech during the event marked a significant moment in the ongoing fight for justice.

"We stand on the shoulders of giants… who built the path forward, even as they bore the weight of injustice on their backs," President Biden eloquently stated. "Diversity is a strength of our nation, a cornerstone of our democracy. Now is the time for all of us, especially all of you who make this your life's work, to protect that essential truth. And that's why we're here today."

President Biden's words capture the collective effort required to instigate enduring change and pay tribute to the relentless dedication of civil rights advocates, and align with Fairfax's passion and commitment to justice and equality. 

With a firsthand experience of pivotal historical moments and an instrumental contribution to the advancement of civil rights, Dean Fairfax has remained at the forefront of the fight for equality. This is precisely why he holds his appointment to this pivotal committee in 2022 in such high regard, recognizing the enduring significance of the Lawyers' Committee, especially in these challenging times.

"Just this past weekend, I attended the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington," Fairfax shared. "I recognized the enduring themes that resonate six decades after Dr. King's iconic 'I Have a Dream' speech in August 1963. These words encapsulate the ongoing struggle for justice and the perseverance needed to address systemic inequalities."

Throughout his career, Fairfax has steadfastly advocated for racial justice and has collaborated with prominent organizations like the Lawyers' Committee, the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. His active involvement in the 60th-anniversary events underscores his profound dedication to sustaining the momentum of progress and upholding the principles of justice.

As the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law commemorates its 60th anniversary, Fairfax's commitment to embodying justice and equality persists. His continued engagement serves as a reminder that the journey toward justice is ongoing and requires the collective dedication of individuals, organizations, and leaders.

Story by Keith Pierce.