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LDF Commemorates 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education


Charlayne Hunter-Gault, L. Douglas Wilder, Deval Patrick

NAACP LDF marked the 60thanniversary of Brown v. Board of Education with a special luncheon at the National Press Club.  The event, which celebrated the 60thanniversary of what is today acknowledged as one of the greatest Supreme Court decisions of the 20th century, featured remarks by the Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General of the United States, and was emceed by MSNBC host, Karen Finney.

In addition, there was a conversation with the Honorable Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts and the Honorable L. Douglas Wilder, Former Governor of Virginia, moderated by award-winning journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault, one of the first two African-American students to integrate the University of Georgia.

Cecilia Marshall, widow of NAACP LDF founder Thurgood Marshall, was honored with the NAACP LDF’s Spirit of Justice Award for her commitment of service to her community and the pursuit of justice and equality for all. Also recognized at the event was Jack Greenberg, who successfully argued Brown v. Board of Education before the Supreme Court alongside Thurgood Marshall and went on to serve as LDF’s second Director-Counsel.

“The Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education ushered in a modern America that must grapple honestly with the promise of equality and opportunity for all of its citizens,” said Sherrilyn A. Ifill, NAACP LDF’s President and Director-Counsel.  “NAACP LDF pioneered the Brown case and today we continue to fight inequality in every walk of life – where we live, where we work and where we learn.”

“Since 1940, LDF has performed critical work to rally Americans from all backgrounds to the unifying cause of justice – standing on the front lines of our fight to guarantee security, advance opportunity, and ensure equal treatment under law,” said Attorney General Eric Holder in his remarks today.

“Your enduring legacy is written not only in the words of seminal legal opinions, but in the remarkable, once-unimaginable progress that so many of us have witnessed even within our own lifetimes.” 



Gov. Patrick and all NAACP LDF's living Director-Counsels: Elaine Jones (L), Gov. Deval Patrick, Sherrilyn Ifill, Ted Shaw (R), Jack Greenberg (seated)

Gov. L Douglas Wilder (Ret. VA) and Gov. Deval Patrick (MA)

Debbie Greenberg and 2nd Director-Counsel Jack Greenberg

Board members Laurie Robinson and Judy Byrd with Jacqueline Barrion, Chair EEOC

Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton

Mrs. Cecilia Marshall and son John Marshall

Crowd applauding 2nd Director-Counsel Jack Greenberg

Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Gov. Wilder, Gov. Patrick

Gov. Wilder, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Gov. Patrick

Former President and Director-Counsel Elaine Jones

Gay McDougal, wife of late President and Director-Counsel John Payton

Attorney General Eric Holder

Gov. Patrick

Gov Wilder (Ret.)

Wade Henderson, Chair of Leadership Conference of Civil Rights

Gov. Patrick, Board member Angela Vallot

Brown plaintiff families gathered outside of the White House