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  • Manning Marable: Our Great Scholar-Activist


    "Instead of leadership from above, democracy from below.”- Dr. Manning Marable

    A few weeks ago, I had dinner with Dr. Manning Marable and his wife, Leith Mullings, whose voluminous books, papers and op-ed columns comprise a critical collection of today’s discourse on race in America.

  • Civil Rights: Deconstructing the school-to-prison pipeline


    DETROIT — “The most critical civil rights issue of our day” — the school-to-prison pipeline — drew lawyers, educators and the public to Wayne State University Law School March 25.

    “What is the school-to- prison pipeline?” asked keynote speaker Damon T. Hewitt, director of education practice, NAACP Legal Defense Fund. “You can’t define it, you can only frame it. It may look different from school to school.

  • Symposium examines 'school to prison pipeline' for black teens


    The “school to prison pipeline” symposium was held at the Wayne State Law School on March 25. The event focused on a process that is used by some public schools to expel minority students by reprimanding them harshly for minor offences.

    Keynote speaker Damon T. Hewitt, who is a director at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, addressed the packed Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium about the racial inequities in both public and charter schools.

  • Leading Civil Rights Groups Urge Florida to Comply with the Voting Rights Act


    (Tallahassee, Florida) — Today, the nation’s premiere civil rights organizations, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), the NAACP, including its Florida State Conference of Branches, and Advancement Project, together urged Florida Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi to comply with the Voting Rights Act by submitting newly proposed changes to the state’s rules governing voter registration for persons with felony convictions to the federal government for approval.

  • Appellate Oral Argument in Chicago Firefighters’ Discrimination Case on Remand From LDF’s Supreme Court Victory


    (New York, New York) – On Tuesday March 29th oral argument will be presented before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Lewis v. Chicago, the ongoing litigation to secure justice for over 6,000 African-American firefighter applicants unfairly denied jobs with the Chicago Fire Department.