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Demetrius Newton, a treasured LDF cooperating attorney in Alabama, died recently at the age of 85.
As as civil rights lawyer, he represented Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. as well as many others arrested during protests in Birmingham, Alabama.
He became the first African American to serve as speaker pro-tem of the Alabama House of Representatives, a position he held from 1998-2010.
"Ryan Haygood, director of LDF’s Political Participation Group, said in an interview with Colorlines.com that he is “very hopeful” about a VRA congressional fix this year.
Black workers embody the new low-wage economy
Rachel Kleinman, Assistant Counsel in LDF's Education Group writes an op-ed in the Houston Chronicle this weekend censuring the improper over-reliance on law-enforcement in schools. This practice removes students from supportive educational environments, reinforces stereotypes, and sets our children on a path out of schools and into the criminal justice system.
Statement by Sherrilyn A Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of LDF
LDF applauds the leadership of Benjamin Jealous, the outgoing president of the NAACP who announced today he will step down from his post as President and CEO at the end of the year.