J. Brinton "Brint" Dillingham
J. Brinton "Brint" Dillingham (1943-1990) -- Known for his wit even in the face of tense situations; for his organizing skills in antiwar, civil rights and social justice campaigns from the mid-1960s on; for his research on behalf of Native Americans and unjustly accused criminal defendants; for his role in overturning two notorious Maryland anti-civil liberties laws,

Dillingham in his short life was one of D.C.'s and suburban Maryland's most effective activists -- and, certainly, the funniest. In the 1969-1971 period alone, Brint was arrested more than 70 times for antiwar and anti-racism actions. Brint was one of the key D.C. area organizers of the May Day 1971 antiwar protests, which resulted in some 13,000 arrests over a several-day period in D.C.

His investigation in support of a D.C.-area African American man facing execution in Pennsylvania for the murder of a white woman resulted in the death sentence being overturned and in the ultimate exoneration of the prisoner.

Deliberately arrested, and then convicted, for selling copies of an underground newspaper deemed "obscene" by Montgomery County, Md. police, Brint's case eventually resulted in his exoneration and the overturning of the Maryland anti-subversion law by the state's high court.

He was director of Compeers, Inc., a metropolitan-wide organization that established anti-racism training for suburban teenagers, and that helped to organize locally the grape boycott, antiwar protests and the Poor People's Campaign.

He was also co-founder of the People's Law Institute, and organized a coalition that lobbied successfully to overturn key portions of the onerous "indeterminate sentencing" practices at Maryland's Patuxent Institution. [National Lawyer's Guild D.C. Chapter Community Justice Award, Feb. 28, 1985]

Biography excerpted from “Lessons of the Sixties,” lessonsofthesixties.wixsite.com/lessonsofthesixties/in-re...
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