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Charles Morgan Jr. dies at 78; lawyer challenged racism in the South

Charles Morgan Jr., a civil rights lawyer who challenged the racism of his native South and won numerous landmark cases for equal rights before the U.S. Supreme Court, died Thursday at his home in Destin, Fla. He was 78 and had Alzheimer's disease. In a career full of significant cases, Morgan's most important triumph might have been the "one-man, one-vote" ruling he won in 1964 from the Supreme Court. The case, Reynolds vs. Sims, forced the Alabama Legislature to create districts that were equal in population, giving black voters a better chance to elect candidates. He also forced Alabama to integrate its prisons, successfully challenged the Southern practice of...

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