John Charles Thomas (1983-1989)

Further reading:

A.E. Dick Howard, “Tribute to Justice John Charles Thomas,” Virginia Law Review, vol. 70, no. 5 (June 1984), 875-877.

The Honorable John Charles Thomas Accepts Top VBA Honor,  February 2, 2016.

Bill Lohman, “Departing High-Court Justice Urges Moral Revival,” The Richmond News Leader, October 31, 1989, 19.

Angelita Plemmer, “A Justice at Peace,” Roanoke Times & World News, January 31, 1995, E-1.

Denise M. Watson, “Poetic Justice,” Distinction – Hampton Roads Lifestyle Magazine, February 17, 2013.

Research collections:

University of Virginia (Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library)
Lawn Resident Survey Project, 1996; finding aid  available.   Thomas recalls his experiences as an undergraduate and law student at the University of Virginia from 1968 to 1975.  He was one of 12 African American students out of 1400 students, all men, he remembered, entering the University of Virginia in 1968.  “We still wore coats and ties. Confederate flags were everywhere. Dixie was played after each touchdown. The entire experience was like coming to another planet.”