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"The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund is simply the best civil rights law firm in American history." -- President Obama

Leading the Future of Civil Rights Work, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Turns 75

LDF at 75

LDF Celebrates 75 years of Bold and Visionary Civil Rights Leadership

On March 20, 1940, Thurgood Marshall founded the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund with a vision of an America that yet did not exist - a vision to transform this country from a chapter of state-sponsored racism to one that truly holds the promise of equality for all.

Seventy-five years later, our work has netted tremendous gains for African Americans and for our nation's democracy. Yet, there is still much work to do. In this new civil rights moment, many battles have evolved and new strategies have emerged, but our call for justice remains. Today, LDF leverages litigation, advocacy, research and communications to uproot entrenched inequality and structural racism and elevate the national discourse on race. Access to quality education at all levels, economic opportunity, criminal justice reform, and full political participation can ensure all African-Americans access to ladders of opportunity.

This page captures some of LDF’s most memorable work through important cases, historical documents, images, and the voices of LDF's Director-Counsels over the past 75 years. LDF's remarkable, historic achievements reinforce our current civil rights agenda. That is why, in this important anniversary year, we declare that the past ignites the future. And, LDF continues the fight to bring justice to a new generation.

Visit our site to get the latest information on our special anniversary celebrations and programming. Follow us on social media to learn more about LDF's 75-year history and to join us as we ignite a new era of bold and visionary civil rights advocacy and racial justice.