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Sherrilyn Ifill Quoted in New Yorker About White House Civil Rights Gathering

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Matter of Black Lives

On February 18th, as part of the official recognition of Black History Month, President Obama met with a group of African-American leaders at the White House to discuss civil-rights issues. The guests—who included Representative John Lewis, of Georgia; Sherrilyn Ifill, the [President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.]; and Wade Henderson, who heads the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights—were intent on pressing the President to act decisively on criminal-justice issues during his last year in office. Their urgency, though, was tempered by a degree of sentimentality, verging on nostalgia. As Ifill later told me, “We were very much aware that this was the last Black History Month of this Presidency.”

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