Friday Link

Dorothy Kenyon was one of the first people who McCarthy accused of being Communist in the 1950s.

Sixty-two at the time, she responded by calling McCarthy a “liar” and a “coward,” and stated publicly: “I am not, and never have been, a supporter of, a member of, or a sympathizer with any organization known to me to be, or suspected by me, of being controlled or dominated by Communists.”

She got support from the New York Times as well as Eleanor Roosevelt, and was soon vindicated by the Senate subcommittee investigating McCarthy’s charges. McCarthy soon backed off.

Kenyon was also a judge, lawyer, and civil rights activist. She served on a UN commission and was, for a long time, the only woman on the ACLU board. She strongly influence future Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

No point here except that amazing people should get recognition. Have a great weekend!

2 responses to “Friday Link

  1. Have you ever seen the movie “Good Night, and Good Luck.”? Well worth seeing,

    My parents always spoke with admiration about people like Murrow and Kenyon who stood up to McCarthy.

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