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This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. The document and the event were separated by 100 years, but each spoke with equal clarity and urgency to the principles of liberty, equality and opportunity to which we aspire as a nation. There is perhaps no more important institution in keeping us on this path than the public education system. Yet, stark differences in the quality of education available to students of different races persist and demean us all.
LDF Files Brief in Supreme Court, Mounting Vigorous Defense of the Voting Rights Act's Constitutionality1/25/13
Today, the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court, in Shelby County v. Holder. The case involves a challenge by Shelby County, Alabama, to the Section 5 “preclearance” provision of the Voting Rights Act, which requires states and jurisdictions with some of the worst histories of voting discrimination, such as Alabama, to have all voting changes reviewed by the U.S. Department of Justice or the D.C.
Sherrilyn Ifill was named the President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Education Fund back in November. Today she joined Roland Martin on the TJMS to discuss the importance of the organization and outline some initiatives that are currently happening.
1/24/13Related Case or Issue:
Public Agency Clients Must Be Offered an Opportunity to Register to Vote
(New Orleans, LA) – On January 23, voting rights advocates won a major legal victory on behalf of Louisiana’s public assistance agency clients, the state’s most vulnerable and most marginalized residents.
The presence of Thurgood Marshall is almost palpable as Sherrilyn Ifill surveys the stately wood paneling, the brown leather chairs in this classroom at the University of Maryland law school. Ifill has been a law professor at the Baltimore campus for 20 years — an achievement made possible by the late Supreme Court justice’s work.
As a young lawyer, Marshall, who lived just blocks away, sued the law school for denying entry to students of color. He prevailed, paving the way for generations of African American lawyers such as Ifill.