J.L. Chestnut (December 16, 1930 – September 30, 2008) was an author, attorney, and a figure in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. He was the first African-American attorney in Selma, Alabama, and the author of the autobiographical book, Black in Selma, which chronicles the history of the civil rights struggle in Selma, including Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery marches. The New York Times review of Chestnut's autobiography says that "As the paradoxical "nigger lawyer," Mr. Chestnut was in a privileged position to see into the souls of white folk."