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  • Senate Fails to Confirm Nominee for Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights

    Debo Adegbile on court steps

    Statement by Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of LDF

  • LDF Urges Changes to Cuyahoga County’s Property Tax Lien Sales System


    On March 3, 2014, LDF sent a letter to Edward FitzGerald, the County Executive of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Jeannet Wright, Acting County Treasurer, and the members of the Cuyahoga County council urging them to make changes to Cuyahoga County’s property tax lien sales system. Tax lien sales are used by many jurisdictions across the country as a means to collect delinquent property taxes, and each jurisdiction applies this system differently.  In Cuyahoga County—home to the city of Cleveland—the County Treasurer, at her discretion, selects from a list any number of properties delinque

  • LDF Applauds Judge Andre Davis’ Tenure on the Federal Bench


    The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) congratulated Judge Andre Davis of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit as he steps down from active service today.   

    Judge Davis is the first and only African American to represent Maryland on the Fourth Circuit, which includes Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and the Carolinas.    

  • President Obama Announces Initiative on Boys and Young Men of Color


    Obama speaking at "My Brother's Keeper" Initiative

  • LDF Mourns the Passing of Mayor Chokwe Lumumba


    Mayor Chokwe Lummba

    It is with great sadness that LDF mourns the passing of Chokwe Lumumba, the mayor of Jackson, Mississippi. Mayor Lumumba was a revered civil rights lawyer, a human rights activist, and, as the co-founder of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, a true revolutionary. He devoted himself completely to principles of freedom and self-determination for black people.