The National Equal Justice Awards Dinner (NEJAD), LDF’s signature fundraising event, is an opportunity to recognize and honor leaders in law, the arts, business, and philanthropy who have demonstrated a commitment to the promotion of racial justice and equality. This year’s NEJAD will be held on Thursday, May 16, 2024, at The Glasshouse in New York City.
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The 35th NEJAD was held on May 3, 2023, at the Glasshouse in New York City. Honorees included pioneering Civil Rights Movement attorney Fred Gray; Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Vista Equity Partners Robert F. Smith; Nike, Jordan Brand, and Converse and Emerson Collective. The evening was hosted by ABC7 News Anchor Sade Baderinwa and featured performances by Brooklyn United Evolution Drumline, Alita Moses, and Ledisi. Legendary filmmaker Spike Lee, NBA star Carmelo Anthony, education pioneer Geoffrey Canada, and Earle, Arkansas Mayor Jaylen Smith presented the awards.
The 34th NEJAD was held at Jazz at Lincoln Center on May 10, 2022. Honorees included legendary musician and activist Stevie Wonder, journalist, professor, and author of The 1619 Project Nikole Hannah-Jones, and Sherrilyn Ifill, LDF’s former President and Director-Counsel. The evening also featured a special video message from former First Lady Michelle Obama, remarks by screen legend Rita Moreno, and performances by the Dance Theater of Harlem, Hailey Kilgore, and Stevie Wonder and John Legend.