LDF Statement on the Passing of Former Representative John Conyers

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The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) salutes the life and work of former U.S. Representative John Conyers, a co-founder of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and former chair of the House Judiciary ...

Federal Court Rules the Right to Vote in Florida Cannot Be Denied on Account of Wealth 

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TALLAHASEE, Fla. — A federal court today ruled that the right to vote cannot be denied on account of wealth. Plaintiffs challenged a Florida law that creates wealth-based hurdles to voting and undermines Floridians’ overwhelming 2018 passage of Amendment ...

LDF’s Janai Nelson in Slate Op-Ed: The Last 31 Presidential Debates Have Ignored Voting Rights

“The widespread voter suppression problems in three debate locations—and the repeated omission of voting rights discussions from presidential debates over the past few years—is startling. The last decade unleashed an onslaught on democratic participation, including ...

LDF’s Sherrilyn Ifill and Rep. Barbara Lee Discuss Rep. Elijah Cummings’s Legacy on All In with Chris Hayes

Watch LDF President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill, alongside Representative Barbara Lee, join MSNBC’s Chris Hayes to discuss the passing of Representative Elijah Cummings and his lifelong dedication to civil rights work.

LDF Attorneys to Testify Before Congress in Support of Voting Rights Protections

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Securing, advancing, and protecting the rights of Black voters and other communities of color has been a cornerstone of LDF’s work since it was founded in 1940 by Thurgood Marshall. LDF secured its first voting ...

LDF’s Sherrilyn Ifill in Washington Post Op-Ed: Mark Zuckerberg Doesn’t Know his Civil rights History

“The civil rights movement was not fought to vindicate free speech rights under the First Amendment. It was a fight to fulfill the promise of full citizenship and human dignity guaranteed to black people by ...

LDF Statement on the Passing of The Honorable Representative Elijah Cummings

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The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is saddened to learn of the death of the Honorable Elijah E. Cummings, Chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee. The passing of Representative Cummings ...