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Six of the Women Behind Brown v. Board of Education

The Case that Changed America Six of the Women Behind Brown v. Board of Education Learn More About Brown v. Board Throughout LDF’s history, women have been the lifeblood animating our efforts to achieve racial justice. From our brilliant attorneys and intrepid organizers to our innovative policy experts and courageous clients, LDF’s work has always relied on the ingenuity and

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If Brown v. Board is Not Sacred, What is?

If Brown v. Board is Not Sacred, What is? By Lisa Cylar Barrett, Policy Director at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Since the Supreme Court’s momentous decision in Brown v. Board of Education 65 years ago, there has been universal consensus within the legal community that the opinion striking down de jure segregation in our schools was

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LDF Celebrates Black History: Julius Levonne Chambers

LDF Celebrates Black History: Julius Chambers In this installment of celebrating Black History Month, we chronicle the life of former LDF Director-Counsel Julius Chambers.  Julius Chambers was a brilliant civil rights lawyer with calm tenacity. That “cool under fire” resolve was on display when he was a target of racial violence for the  . . . work he did . . . .  In

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LDF Celebrates Black History: Deval Patrick, Former LDF Attorney and Massachusetts Governor

In This Installment of “LDF 75 Years of Making Black History” The Honorable Deval Patrick was elected Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 2006 and was reelected in November 2010, renewing his commitment to expanding opportunity and prosperity in Massachusetts. Governor Patrick’s life has charted a path from the South Side of Chicago to the U.S. Justice Department, Fortune 500

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Fair Housing Act: 50th Anniversary

50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act  This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, which Congress passed one week after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. King dedicated the last years of his life to the Chicago Freedom Movement, fighting housing discrimination and government policies that created segregation and trapped black Chicagoans in high-poverty

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LDF Remembers Selma

Every year, LDF remembers the historic Selma-to-Montgomery March and continues the national conversation around voting rights. Each March, we pay homage to the 600 unarmed men, women and children who were on the front lines in the fight for voting rights on March 7, 1965 or “Bloody Sunday.” Early in 1965, Martin Luther King Jr.’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference made

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LDF Celebrates Women History Month

LDF Celebrates Women History Month Women have always played an essential role in shaping history. But their accomplishments are often ignored or erased. During Women’s History Month we celebrate the women whose courage and intellect have pushed our society towards a more equal union. From Constance Baker Motley, who co-wrote the argument in Brown v Board of Education, to Jean Fairfax,

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