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William T. Coleman Jr., former chairman of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s board of directors, was awarded the 2013 Harvard Medal from the Harvard Alumni Association for his extraordinary service to the University. The Harvard Medal marks yet another achievement in Bill Coleman’s remarkable career, which has been defined, in part, by groundbreaking accomplishments in the struggle for civil rights and his long-time, unyielding commitment to LDF and its mission.
On Friday, May 24, 2013, the United States District Court for the District of Arizona issued a sweeping injunction permanently preventing controversial Arizona Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, from using race or Latino ancestry as a basis for the exercise of such law enforcement discretion as stopping a car or determining whether a Latino occupant of a vehicle may be in the country without authorization. You can read more about it5/21/13Related Case or Issue:
Fayette County, Georgia—Today, in an important voting case, a federal court struck down, as violative of the Voting Rights Act, Fayette County’s discriminatory at-large method of electing members to the County Board of Commissioners and County Board of Education.
On May 17, 1954, the United State Supreme Court decided a case that changed the course of American history. In Brown v. Board of Education, which was litigated by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, a unanimous Court declared segregated education systems unconstitutional, marking the beginning of the end of America’s racial caste system.
Writing in The Root, Vincent Southerland, Senior Counsel in LDF's Criminal Justice Project, urges policy makers to use the opportunity presented by the US Supreme Court's decision in Miller v. Alabama to treat children convicted of crimes fairly. In Miller, the Court recognized what we all know and understand: Age matters.