Curriculum Vitae of Wiley A. Branton
Includes biographical details, legal qualifications, and Branton's work at the Voter Education Project
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Curriculum vitae 10/10/62
Wiley A. Branton
Present Position: Director, VOTER EDUCATION PROJECT of the Added 11/19/63: Southern Regional Council, Atlanta
Executive Director Council The Voter Education Project is a special program
for United Civil Rights of the Southern Regional Council, engaged in
Leadership and Committee research relating to the causes of low
for Welfare, Education registration of voters in eleven southern states.
and Legal Defense, Inc. This is a cooperative effort, with participation by the Congress of Racial Equality, NAACP, National Urban League, Sothern Christian Leadership Conference, and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, as well as many local organizations.
Date of Birth: December 13, 1923
Place of Birth: Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Education: Public Schools, Pine Bluff, Arkansas
AM and N College, Pine Bluff, Arkansas
School of Law, University of Arkansas,
Family Status: Married to the former Lucille McKee of Memphis, Tennessee; six children
Armed Forces Experience: 3-1/2 Years, U.S. Army, World War II –
Far Eastern Theater – Honorable Discharge
Organizations: 32nd Degree Mason (Prince Hall)
Rahman Temple of Shrine
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
Sigma Pi Phi Boule
Legal Qualifications: Admission to practice before the following courts:
Supreme Court of Arkansas
U. S. District Courts of Arkansas
U.S. Court of Appeals (8th Circuit)
Supreme Court of the United States
Supreme Court of Georgia
U.S. Dist. Court for the N’thn Dist. Of Ga.
Georgia Court of Appeals
Superior Court, Fulton County, Georgia
Bar Associations: Wonder State Bar Association (Arkansas)
Gate City Bar Association (Atlanta)
National Bar Association
American Bar Association
American Judicature Society
Legal Experience: Engaged in private practice in Pine Bluff,
(Also see attached) Arkansas, from 1952 to 1962.
Outstanding Awards: C. Francis Stratford Award by National Bar Association, Chicago, 1958
Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award,
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Cleveland, Ohio, 1958
Democratic Minority Conference Award,
Los Angeles, California, 1959
Arkansas Conference NAACP Award, for outstanding legal work in the field of civil rights, 1958
Cited by Life Magazine as one of the 100 most important young men and women in the U.S., September 14, 1962
*The Committee for Welfare, Education and Legal Defense (WEID) is primarily a program to assist in the financial support of three tax exempt agencies, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., National Urban League, and the Educational Fund of the National Council of Negro Women.
The Council for United Civil Rights Leadership includes the above three organizations as well as the Congress of Racial Equality, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Its principal function is to coordinate and help focus the efforts of the participating organizations, while each retains full autonomy and continues to pursue their own objectives.