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March 27, 1988 | CHARLES HILLINGER, Times Staff Writer
When Reuben V. Anderson became a lawyer in 1967, he made it a practice to carry his diploma with him into the courtrooms of this state. Even so, some judges would not permit black attorneys into their courtrooms, recalled Anderson, who was appointed Mississippi's first black Supreme Court judge in 1985. But things have changed in this state where many of the best-known battles for equality were fought in the '50s and '60s, said Anderson, one of the nation's nine black state Supreme Court judges.
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March 27, 1988 | CHARLES HILLINGER, Times Staff Writer
When Reuben V. Anderson became a lawyer in 1967, he made it a practice to carry his diploma with him into the courtrooms of this state. Even so, some judges would not permit black attorneys into their courtrooms, recalled Anderson, who was appointed Mississippi's first black Supreme Court judge in 1985. But things have changed in this state where many of the best-known battles for equality were fought in the '50s and '60s, said Anderson, one of the nation's nine black state Supreme Court judges.
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January 17, 1985 | United Press International
Reuben V. Anderson, who in the past had to show his law degree to be allowed inside Mississippi's segregated courthouses, was sworn in Wednesday as the first black on the state's Supreme Court. More than 100 persons looked on as Chief Justice Neville Patterson administered the oath to Anderson. Anderson has served as a county judge and since 1981 as a Circuit Court judge.
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January 13, 1985 | Associated Press
Circuit Judge Reuben V. Anderson has been appointed to the Mississippi Supreme Court, becoming the first black to join the court. Anderson, 42, was chosen Friday by Gov. Bill Allain to replace Justice Francis S. Bowling of Jackson, who announced his retirement last month. Anderson, who began practicing law in 1967, said his selection demonstrated how far Mississippi has come in the last two decades. "When I first started practicing law, I had to take my diploma with me wherever I went.
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January 11, 1985 | Associated Press
Circuit Court Judge Reuben V. Anderson was picked today to fill a vacancy on the Mississippi Supreme Court and will become the first black ever to sit on the court. Anderson, 42, will replace Justice Francis S. Bowling, who announced his retirement last month. "I look forward to the challenge," Anderson said of the appointment by Gov. Bill Allain. "I never thought about it (being a Supreme Court justice) back when I was practicing law. I never envisioned it."
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