Today, the Legal Defense Fund sent a letter to the Gulfport City, Mississippi Council regarding redistricting plans and urging members to adopt Community Plan 7 or 8 presented by LDF. Gulfport’s demographics, voting patterns, the experiences of Black people in the area, and more demand that the Council adopt a redistricting plan that more fairly and equitably represents its Black voting population. As opposed to Council Plans 1-3, Community Plans 7 and 8 comply with all constitutional and statutory requirements and create an additional ward that provides Black voters an opportunity to elect candidates of their choice.

Read the full letter here.

LDF and coalition partners have been deeply involved in the redistricting process in Mississippi and other key states to prevent discriminatory redistricting plans and ensure legislatures comply with their obligations under the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution. Learn more about LDF’s redistricting work in Mississippi and other states here.


Founded in 1940, the Legal Defense Fund (LDF) is the nation’s first civil rights law organization. LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute is a multi-disciplinary and collaborative hub within LDF that launches targeted campaigns and undertakes innovative research to shape the civil rights narrative. In media attributions, please refer to us as the Legal Defense Fund or LDF. Please note that LDF has been completely separate from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 1957—although LDF was originally founded by the NAACP and shares its commitment to equal rights.