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  • Reading Thurgood Marshall’s early letters

    2/24/11

    There is nothing quite like a major figure from history speaking to us directly. This is the experience we have when reading Marshalling Justice: The Early Civil Rights Letters of Thurgood Marshall (Amistad, 2011).

  • NYT: Is Anyone Watching?

    2/23/11

    Two years ago, the Supreme Court looked over a cliff and decided not to jump. The question was whether a core section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as renewed by Congress in 2006 for another 25 years, was constitutional. A majority opinion by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. strongly suggested that it wasn’t.

  • Former LDF intern edits new Columbia Journal of Race and Law

    2/18/11
    The Columbia Journal of Race and Law, whose editor-in-chief is Sheila Adams (Columbia Law, '11), made its official debut today.  Sheila is a current Warren Scholarship recipient and a former Summer LDF Law Intern. 
     
  • TV Series Tries to Revive Civil Rights Cold Cases

    2/15/11

    Better known for crime fare like “I (Almost) Got Away With It” and “Deadly Women,” Investigation Discovery is using Black History Month to turn the spotlight on three unsolved, racially motivated killings of the 1960s. For Keith Beauchamp, the 39-year-old documentary filmmaker who is an executive producer of the series and its host, it is familiar terrain.

  • LDF Applauds Confirmation of James E. Graves, Jr. to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

    2/14/11

    (Washington, DC) -- The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) applauds the U.S. Senate’s vote this afternoon to confirm James E. Graves, Jr. to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  The Fifth Circuit is the federal appellate court for Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas.  James Graves is the first African-American judge from Mississippi ever to serve on the Fifth Circuit.