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Thomas I. Atkins

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Atkins served as Executive Secretary of the Boston branch of the NAACP and later as President of the Boston branch. In 1967, he became the first African American elected to the Boston City Council in the twentieth century. He also served as Secretary of Communities and Development under Governor Francis Sargent. Atkins was Associate Trial Counsel for the plaintiffs in Morgan v. Hennigan, the Boston school desegregation case, and later served as General Counsel in the national office of the NAACP.
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