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  • LDF Urges Attorney General Jeff Sessions to Address Uptick in Race-Based Hate Crimes

    3/23/17

    Timothy Caughman, Hate Crime Victim

    The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) sent a letter today to Attorney General Jeff Sessions urging him to address the uptick in race-based hate crimes across the country and, in particular, the brutal murder of Timothy Caughman in New York by admitted white supremacist and terrorist James Harris Jackson. 

  • LDF’s Todd Cox on the Three Questions Senators Must Ask Judge Gorsuch

    3/21/17

    As the Judiciary Committee begins in earnest its questioning of Judge Neil Gorsuch about his nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States, the Senators are sure to raise a range of very important constitutional and philosophic questions. But with limited time available and so many issues to discuss, LDF has identified the three key questions Senators should ask about Judge Gorsuch’s record on civil rights.

    Read the full article here.

  • Happy Birthday, LDF! 5 Things You May Not Know About the Nation’s Oldest Civil Rights Legal Organization

    3/20/17

    Today, March 20th 2017, we celebrate the 77th anniversary of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF). To many, LDF is best known for ending school segregation through the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education. LDF is also well-known for the pivotal work of its founder and first Director-Counsel, Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first African-American Supreme Court Justice. But did you know that LDF helped map the successful 1965 Selma to Montgomery march?

  • Sherrilyn Ifill Discusses Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch's Record on Civil Rights on AM Joy

    3/19/17

    Neil Gorsuch's Conservative Record Revealed

    Neil Gorsuch will sit in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow--and his record shows that he is more conservative than many people think. Joy and her panel discuss the Supreme Court nominee.

  • LDF’s Deuel Ross Co-Authors Op-ed in Hartford Courant on Ensuring Students Get Integrated Education

    3/16/17

    The plaintiffs in the Sheff v. O'Neill school desegregation case are more frustrated than anyone that a significant number of Hartford students of color remain in highly segregated, low-performing schools. We are now more than two decades past the Connecticut Supreme Court ruling that, as a result of racial and ethnic isolation in Hartford's schools, "[e]very passing day denies ... children their constitutional right to a substantially equal education."