Westley Wallace Law passed away last night in Savannah. As head of the NAACP in Savannah from 1950 to 1976, Law was the pivotal figure in Savannah's integration, one of a key group who made possible a peaceful transition even while other cities went up in flames.
From that foundation Law went on to found the Beach Institute for African American Studies, the King Tisdell Cottage and the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum. In the early '90s, the National Education Association presented Law with the Carter Woodson award, a national recognition.
Though his legacy in Savannah has few equals, he never profited personally. In fact, he resisted personal recognition, ever the unkempt soldier in hand-me-down suits who never even owned a car.
The ongoing struggle for civil rights consumed him. He never took a wife nor had children, but perhaps no one of his time has seen his work flower as far and wide as he did. WW Law was in his 80th year of a remarkable life.
Reported by: Sonny Dixon