Choosing Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director–Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., to address the large luncheon crowd at the Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference last Thursday was a no-brainer.
Yes, she is well equipped to tackle the ramifications of the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education.
In the aftermath of the tragic death of Michael Brown, LDF and Dignity in Schools call for an end to criminalization of youth. LDF is a federal liaison for the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) an umbrella for 84 organizations from 22 states dedicated to reforming overly punitive discipline practices that disproportionately push students of color out of school and into the juvenile justice system.
Youth, parents, educators and advocates from the Dignity in Schools Campaign have come together in response to the tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014.
In multiple appearances on national media over the past few days, LDF leaders continue to press for action and answers on the police shooting of Michael Brown, and on the larger issue of overly militarized police forces that acculturate officers to devalue and dehumanize people and communities of color.