NAACP Legal Defense Fund : Defend, Educate, Empower

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"The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund is simply the best civil rights law firm in American history." -- President Obama

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From its inception LDF has been engaged in the fight to remove barriers to educational access and opportunity. LDF’s education docket has involved a number of seminal Supreme Court decisions, including Brown v. Board of Education. Through its present work in and out of the courts, LDF’s Education Practice is fighting to ensure racial equity in education for African-American students and secure a safe, inclusive, and high quality education for all students.

Political Participation

Since its founding in 1940, LDF has been a pioneer in the struggle to secure and protect the voting rights of African-Americans. LDF has been involved in nearly all of the precedent-setting litigation relating to minority voting rights. LDF’s Political Participation Group uses legal, legislative, public education and advocacy strategies to promote the full, equal and active participation of African-Americans in America’s democracy.

Economic Justice

Since its founding, LDF has fought for African-Americans to be able to work, live, and thrive without racially imposed barriers. In one of our first cases in 1940, LDF secured a vital decision that required equal pay for black and white teachers. Through litigation, advocacy and public education, LDF’s Economic Justice practice continues to fight to increase fairness and equal opportunity for African-Americans in all aspects of the economy.

Criminal Justice

LDF has always worked to ensure that our nation’s criminal justice laws are administered fairly and without regard to race. Although the criminal justice system remains riddled with racial bias, LDF’s Criminal Justice Practice uses litigation, advocacy, and public education to eliminate the improper role of race in the criminal justice system. We stand at the forefront of this effort.

Washington, D.C. Advocacy

LDF continues to defend the gains and protections won over the course of its history through its advocacy in Washington D.C. The D.C. office serves as the advocacy branch of LDF, monitoring civil rights legislative issues before Congress and federal agencies responsible for civil rights enforcement, as well as strengthening civil rights laws and opposing efforts to undermine them.