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  • 'We are by no means there yet' Group will meet to discuss local progress in civil rights.


    Nearly 40 years ago, a group of N.C. blacks met in Charlotte to take stock of where African-Americans were statewide in education, housing and jobs.

    Despite the 1960s civil rights victories, blacks still lived in a segregated world - many clustered in public housing. Their schools were still largely separate and ill-equipped. The rise of blacks in corporate America was slow.

  • LDF Kicks Off Conference on School Discipline


    Race, Gender, Discipline and Justice: Students Locked Out of a Quality Education

    (Savannah, GA) – Today the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) along with the African American Male Achievement Group, Inc. (AMA) began a three-day multi-stakeholder convening to address issues surrounding race, gender and school discipline. The convening brings together policy, legal and community advocates, researchers, educators and public officials from across the country who share a commitment in addressing these critical issues.

  • LDF Commends Court Decision Upholding Constitutionality of the Heart of the Voting Rights Act


    (New York, NY) -- Today, for the second time, a federal court in Washington, D.C. upheld the constitutionality of the heart of the 2006 reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act.  

  • Judge tosses Ala. challenge to election monitoring


    WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a challenge to election monitoring required under the Voting Rights Act to ensure mostly southern states are no longer disenfranchising black voters and found that discrimination continues in modern-day polling.

  • Fairness in the justice system


    Once again, the most avid supporters of capital punishment in Texas should be pleased that a scheduled execution has been stopped, at least temporarily.

    The U.S. Supreme Court halted the execution Thursday of Duane Buck, the kind of person who, if you believe in capital punishment, fits the description of who should receive this most final of penalties.