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Past Events

  • Policing in Public Housing: Community Forum

    Event Date(s): 
    December 4, 2013
    Grand Street Settlement
    80 Pitt Street
    New York, NY 10002

    Public Housing Community Forum

    Come voice your concerns about the costly and ineffective policing being done in public housing. Come learn what is being done citywide to address the policing issues within public housing. Get updates on the recent Stop and Frisk ruling and its impact on the NYCHA/NYPD Trespass lawsuit. Come share your thoughts and ideas on additional strategies that can be used to improve safety in public housing.

  • National Equal Justice Award Dinner (NEJAD)

    Event Date(s): 
    November 12, 2013
    Hilton New York & Towers Hotel
    1335 Avenue of the Americas
    New York, NY 10019

    The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) celebrated its 27th annual National Equal Justice Award Dinner, on November 12, 2013 at the Hilton New York Hotel and Towers, 1335 Avenue of the Americas (between 53rd and 54th Streets) in New York City.  The evening began at 6:30 pm with a reception, followed by the dinner and program at 7:30 pm.  The program ended at 9:30 pm, and guests were invited to enjoy live jazz music and dessert immediately following the program.

    This year LDF presented three awards:

  • Julius Chambers Memorial

    Event Date(s): 
    October 30, 2013

    The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) celebrates the life and legacy of Julius L. Chambers, Esq. LDF Director-Counsel 1984-1993

    Please join the LDF family for a special service in Julius' memory on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at the New York Bar Association 42 West 44th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues) in New York City, from 3:30 – 5:30 pm.

  • 2013 Princeton Committee Annual Fall Benefit

    Event Date(s): 
    October 20, 2013
    Stuart Country Day School
    1200 Stuart Road
    Princeton, NJ 08540
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    A Conversation With

    Sherrilyn A. Ifill

    LDF's 7th President and Director-Counsel

    The Princeton Committee of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) will host its annual Fall Benefit on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 4:00 p.m., at the Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Princeton, NJ.

    We are pleased to share with you that this year’s program will have two components: a conversation with Sherrilyn A. Ifill, LDF’s President and Director-Counsel and an presentation by Peter Nesbett, an art historian, Jacob Lawrence expert and Senior Specialist at the Pew Center.  

  • 2013 Airlie Civil Rights Training Conference

    Event Date(s): 
    October 9, 2013 - October 11, 2013
    Airlie Conference Center Warrenton, VA

    2013 Airlie Civil Rights Training ConferencePlease join us for one of the country's premier conferences on Civil Rights issues.  Hear from the leading experts on the issues at the forefront of today’s Civil Rights agenda. Receive updates on the cases defining the Civil Rights debate.  Learn the up to date strategies and tactics being employed nationally to advance the cause of justice.

  • LDF Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington!

    Event Date(s): 
    August 24, 2013
    Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall Washington, DC

    March on Washington

    Take a look at photos of LDF at the March on Washington, with a special appearance from Cory Booker!

  • A Discussion with Sherrilyn Ifill at Skadden

    Event Date(s): 
    July 22, 2013
    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
    4 Times Square 37th Floor
    New York, NY 10036

    Sherrilyn Ifill at Skadden

  • Sherrilyn Ifill To Be Featured Speaker at Ford Foundation Conference "Courting Change: The Road Ahead for Civil Rights"

    Event Date(s): 
    July 17, 2013
    Ford Foundation
    320 East 43rd Street
    New York, NY 10017

    Sherrilyn Ifill will be a featured speaker at the upcoming Ford Foundation convening of social justice leaders working to advance civil rights in a changing America. The daylong gathering, "Courting Change: The Road Ahead for Civil Rights," will be held at the foundations New York headquarters on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.

  • LDF Webcast to Discuss Supreme Court’s Rulings in Fisher v. University of Texas, and Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder

    Event Date(s): 
    July 8, 2013

    Sherrilyn A. Ifill, President & Director-Counsel, Damon Hewitt, Director of Education Practice Group, and Ryan Haygood, Director of Political Participation Group, discuss the Supreme Court’s rulings in Fisher v.

  • A Brookings Institute Discussion on the Supreme Court’s Voting Rights Act Decision

    Event Date(s): 
    July 1, 2013

    A Discussion & Webcast on the Supreme Court’s Voting Rights Act Decision

    Earlier this month, the Brookings Institution's Governance Studies Program hosted a roundtable discussion of practitioners and academics to discuss the Supreme Court's decision in Shelby County, Ala. v. Holder, which struck down an important provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, immobilizing the heart of the Act. NAACP LDF Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill  discussed the future of voting rights for African American voters and other voters of color after the Shelby County decision. Ms. Ifill advocated for important steps forward after the Supreme Court's decision, including demanding that Congress respond by that creating a new Section 4(b); documenting  potentially discriminatory state and local election changes in order to ascertain which formerly-covered places are quickly backtracking; and, using every existing method, including Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, to fight discriminatory changes that Section 5 otherwise would have prevented.