Second, in 1965, Branton moved to Washington where he was appointed by Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey as the Executive Secretary to President Lyndon B. Johnson's Council on Equal Opportunity. As a chief aide to Humphrey and Johnson, Branton traveled throughout the South encouraging Blacks to register under the 1965 Voting Rights Act. During the period 1965-1967, Branton also served as Special Assistant to two United States Attorneys-General, Nicholas Katzenbach and Ramsey Clark. He assisted in the implementation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Third, during 1972-1974, Branton served as the head of the Voter Registration Fund (VRF), a "non-partisan organization created to provide funding to tax exempt organizations in support of voter registration activities."
Wiley Austin Branton served as Dean of the Howard University School of Law from January 1, 1978 to September 2, 1983. He died December 15, 1988.
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