Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of NAACP Legal Defense Fund

In the wake of the results of the 2016 presidential election, Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), recorded a powerful message. Read the excerpt and be sure to watch the full video below:

“Mr. Trump will be the President. And with leadership comes responsibility. We will not waver in our demand for responsible leadership. President Obama said this week that the peaceful transition of power is the hallmark of our democracy.

“But so is ‘equal justice under law.’ So is ‘due process.’ So is the rule of law. These are principles enshrined in our nation’s laws, and they are the guiding principles of the Legal Defense Fund. They are what we rightfully expect and demand as people who reside in this nation, and whose forbears fought and died to give those words meaning.

“This country is divided. It always has been. But those of us who believe in equality and justice are not without power and influence. Our challenge now is to strategically deploy that power and influence in a political environment that will often be hostile to our beliefs.”

Watch the full video below: