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LDF is pleased to announce that its former President and Director-Counsel, Elaine R. Jones, received the Trailblazer Award from the Just the Beginning Foundation (JTBF) on September 22, 2012 at its Gala Dinner in Chicago, Illinois. JBTF is composed primarily of judges and lawyers who develop educational programs designed to interest students of color in legal careers. Its goal is to increase racial diversity in the legal profession and the judiciary.
LDF is proud to announce that our very own Acting President and Director-Counsel, Debo Adegbile, is named among "The Root 100 Honorees for 2012." These 100 black achievers and influencers are recognized for their work and achievements in representing the ideals of the The Root this year.
LDF's Senior Community Advocate, Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele, and Dr. Khalilah L. Brown-Dean reflect on the first anniversary of Troy Davis' execution and the continuing fight against the death penalty.
Activists cry foul as Republican-led legislatures plan showdown with US government over key provision of Voting Rights Act
A rash of legal challenges to a core piece of US civil rights legislation is threatening the foundations of nearly half a century of laws to combat racial discrimination.
In a major ruling on [August 30, 2012,] a federal court blocked a controversial Texas law that would require voters to show photo identification before casting ballots. The court said the law could curtail the ability of hundreds of thousands of minorities to vote. It cited evidence that showed the law did the most harm to African Americans and Hispanics, who are more likely to live in poverty.