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Conversation with Veteran Organizer June Shagaloff

Event Date(s): 
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 12:30pm - 2:30pm

June Shagaloff at LDF

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June Shagaloff

Ms. Shagaloff joined the NAACP Legal Department (later LDF) in 1950 where she was the community organizer focusing on public school desegregation. She played a critical role in seminal civil rights battles, assisting in the historical and social science research for Brown v. Board of Education.

After the Supreme Court's 1954 decision in Brown and in response to the many requests for assistance sent to LDF from NAACP branches and parents throughout the North and South, she assisted in fact finding, building parent-community support, developing desegregation plans, challenging token desegregation plans, organizing community/parent protests, and preparing for legal action.

In 1961, Ms. Shagaloff left LDF to become the first Education Director of the national NAACP and direct the new public school desegregation drive in the North and West. Since then, Ms. Shagaloff has received many awards honoring her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.