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Sherrilyn Ifill has served as president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund since January, and she says that while “the signs are all around me that I’m new”—including bare walls in her offices in New York and Washington—she feels “quite settled in.” This may be partly due to her familiarity with the organization: Ifill worked as an assistant counsel at LDF early in her career.
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On Tavis Smiley's show AYG radio, Sherrilyn Ifill discusses the current civil rights movement; how the dis-empowered can be agents of change; and how the current generation of civil rights activists can organize and mobilize.
Demetrius Newton, a treasured LDF cooperating attorney in Alabama, died recently at the age of 85.
As as civil rights lawyer, he represented Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. as well as many others arrested during protests in Birmingham, Alabama.
He became the first African American to serve as speaker pro-tem of the Alabama House of Representatives, a position he held from 1998-2010.
"Ryan Haygood, director of LDF’s Political Participation Group, said in an interview with Colorlines.com that he is “very hopeful” about a VRA congressional fix this year.