Adolph Ira "A. I." "B" Botnick (August 17, 1924 – October 8, 1995) was active in the United States civil rights movement of the 1960s. Botnick often sought to minimize violence in race relations. At one time, A. I. Botnick was a target of assassination plot by Byron De La Beckwith , who had previously assassinated civil rights leader Medgar Evers. The assassination was disrupted when Beckwith was arrested for transporting a bomb across state lines. [2] [3]

Botnick was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He attended Gulf Coast Military Academy and served in the army in World War II. Afterward, he graduated from Louisiana State University.

Botnick was recruited by the Anti-Defamation League in 1961 and took a position in their Atlanta, Georgia office. In 1964 he became the Anti-Defamation League's regional director for New Orleans and held this position until his retirement in 1992.

He died at the age of 71, leaving behind his wife, three children, and eight grandchildren.

He worked with the Anti-Defamation League [4] and is the namesake for the Anti-Defamation League's annual A. I. Botnick Torch of Liberty Award Dinner. [5]