Today, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) Associate Director-Counsel Janai S. Nelson testifies before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on House Administration’s Subcommittee on Elections. The focus is on the threats to voting rights since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision 2013 decision in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder and LDF’s efforts to protect and expand the voting rights of Black people through litigation and other forms of advocacy. 

Read the full written testimony here.

Watch her testimony here.


Founded in 1940, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the nation’s first civil and human rights law organization. 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. 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 NAACP Legal Defense Fund or LDF. Follow LDF on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.