This weekend, we honor the life, leadership, and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. LDF was privileged to represent Dr. King on numerous occasions:
In 1986, Coretta Scott King, the late wife of renowned civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., and a prominent civil rights activist in her own right, wrote a nine-page statement opposing the nomination of Jeff Sessions to a federal district court judgeship. She focused on Sessions' targetting of voting rights champions, and Dr. King's colleagues Spencer Hogue, Albert Turner, and Evelyn Turner.
LDF President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill joins the first episode of Diane Rehm’s podcast for a lengthy conversation on the confirmation hearings for Senator Jeff Sessions as he seeks to be the Attorney General of the United States. Segment begins at minute 9:40.
Read the PDF version of our statement here.
Civil rights laws -- from the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to the Lily Ledbetter Equal Pay Act of 2009 -- have been instrumental in bending the arc of this country. Among the most important of these civil rights laws is the Civil Rights Act of 1957, which created the Civil Rights division of the Department of Justice and made the attorney general the chief enforcer of the nation's civil rights laws.