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Download LDF at 75 Media Kit
- Welcome to the LDF at 75 observance
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- LDF timeline and cases
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- Meet the legal minds behind LDF
- Listen to Directors-Counsel in their own words.
- Watch LDF visual retropectives
- View LDF images past and present
- Read testimonials of our work
- Follow our celebration in the press
- Anniversary Events
- Apr 13, 2015: One Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North
- Apr 15, 2015: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and the Legacy of Jim Crow: The Long History of the Artist’s Concerns
- Apr 16, 2015: LDF 75th Anniversary Dinner in Philadelphia
- Sep 16, 2015: LDF Hosts 75th Anniversary Alumni Reunion at the Ford Foundation
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This page captures some of LDF’s most memorable work through important cases, historical documents, images, and the voices of LDF's Director-Counsels over the past 75 years.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.