People For the American Way President Michael B. Keegan issued the following statement in response to the news that William Taylor, founder of the Citizens Commission on Civil Rights and a longtime civil rights crusader, died yesterday.
“Bill Taylor was a true giant in the civil rights community and a passionate believer in the cause of equal rights for all Americans. He understood that education was the key to success in this country, and that we would never be true to our principles of justice and equality until every child, no matter her race, religion or economic situation, had equal access to a meaningful education. He was also a close friend and early supporter of People For the American Way; during the early days of our organization, his guidance was instrumental in making sure we had the know-how to pick the important fights in which we wanted to engage.
“I am deeply saddened by his passing. Our thoughts are with his friends and family during this difficult time. I hope that they’ll be comforted by knowing that Bill left a legacy of justice that will endure far beyond his own lifetime. Our country is better for having had champions like Bill Taylor, and all Americans should be grateful for his life and his work.”