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Civil Rights and Race Relations in America and Their Impact on the Lives of African Americans
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(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.
February is Black History Month and Tell Me More observes the month with a series of short vignettes. In this installment, regular contributor Arsalan Iftikhar shares his black history hero.
I'm Arsalan Iftikhar, a civil rights attorney and frequent contributor to Tell Me More's Barbershop segment. The black history figure who has always been a hero of mine is Thurgood Marshall.
2/07/11Related Case or Issue:
LDF Joins Mumia Abu-Jamal Defense Team
(New York, NY) --On January 28, 2011, Mumia Abu-Jamal retained the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) to represent him in the ongoing appeal of his capital murder conviction and death sentence. LDF will serve as co-counsel in the case with Judy Ritter, Esq., of Widener Law School in Wilmington, Delaware, who has represented Mr. Abu-Jamal since 2003.
President Obama has nominated three Washington lawyers to serve as judges for the District of Columbia Superior Court.
If confirmed, Jennifer Di Toro, Donna Murphy and Yvonne Williams would fill the vacancies created by the retirements of judges Kaye Christian, Brook Hedge and Judith Retchin.
Di Toro, Murphy and Williams come from three different areas of the law.
Conservative legal activists are set to renew their campaign to overturn the nation's landmark Voting Rights Act, arguing before a federal district judge in Washington on Wednesday that states and local jurisdictions should no longer be forced to justify voting changes to the Justice Department or a federal court.
The lawsuit, brought by officials in Shelby County, Ala., revives a constitutional challenge aimed at the heart of the 1965 law, a challenge that many analysts called the most important issue of the year when it reached the Supreme Court in 2009.