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Past Events

  • 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
    Prince Reception 2013 Save the Date Card

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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.

  • Race and Civil Rights in 2013 Conference

    Event Date(s): 
    June 6, 2013
    American University Washington College of Law
    4801 Massachusetts Ave NW
    Washington, DC 20016

    Race and Civil Rights in 2013

    A Critical Analysis of 21st Century Challenges and Opportunities 

    Race and Civil Rights in 2013 Conference

  • A Conversation with Legendary Civil Rights Attorney Fred Gray and LDF President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill

    Event Date(s): 
    May 16, 2013
    African American Civil War Museum
    1925 Vermont Avenue, NW (Vermont & U Street)
    Washington, DC

    Fred Gray and Sherrilyn IfillLDF President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill held an informative and inspiring conversation with legendary civil rights attorney Fred Gray at the recently opened African American Civil War Museum on U Street in Washington, DC.  They discussed Mr. Gray’s life as a lawyer in many of the most notable civil rights matters in our history and his recently rereleased memoir: Bus Ride To Justice: The Life and Works of Fred Gray. Their conversation occurred on the eve of the 59th anniversary of the decision in Brown v. Board of Education.