John Payton, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, released this statement earlier today:
"Justice Stevens' decades on the Court will be recorded in history as one of the most remarkable legacies in recent years. Justice Stevens is known as a stalwart in his protection of civil rights and civil liberties.
For racial minorities and others who relied on the courts to secure full participation in our democracy, Justice Stevens will be missed. By waiting to retire until the age of 90, Justice Stevens surpassed any expectation of public service in the federal judiciary. We thank him for his tremendous contribution to the cause of justice and wish him a joyful retirement.”