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  • Vanita Gupta to be New President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights


    WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights announced today that it and its sister organization, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, had selected civil rights litigator and advocate Vanita Gupta to assume the leadership of both organizations. The chairs of the two organizations’ boards made the announcement after a joint board meeting to ratify the consensus recommendation of a 16-member joint board search committee.

  • LDF Urges Attorney General Jeff Sessions to Address Uptick in Race-Based Hate Crimes


    Timothy Caughman, Hate Crime Victim

    The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) sent a letter today to Attorney General Jeff Sessions urging him to address the uptick in race-based hate crimes across the country and, in particular, the brutal murder of Timothy Caughman in New York by admitted white supremacist and terrorist James Harris Jackson. 

  • LDF’s Todd Cox on the Three Questions Senators Must Ask Judge Gorsuch


    As the Judiciary Committee begins in earnest its questioning of Judge Neil Gorsuch about his nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States, the Senators are sure to raise a range of very important constitutional and philosophic questions. But with limited time available and so many issues to discuss, LDF has identified the three key questions Senators should ask about Judge Gorsuch’s record on civil rights.

    Read the full article here.

  • Happy Birthday, LDF! 5 Things You May Not Know About the Nation’s Oldest Civil Rights Legal Organization


    Today, March 20th 2017, we celebrate the 77th anniversary of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF). To many, LDF is best known for ending school segregation through the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education. LDF is also well-known for the pivotal work of its founder and first Director-Counsel, Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first African-American Supreme Court Justice. But did you know that LDF helped map the successful 1965 Selma to Montgomery march?

  • Sherrilyn Ifill Discusses Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch's Record on Civil Rights on AM Joy


    Neil Gorsuch's Conservative Record Revealed

    Neil Gorsuch will sit in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow--and his record shows that he is more conservative than many people think. Joy and her panel discuss the Supreme Court nominee.