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 the late 1960s, Chambers’ home was bombed, his car dynamited, his law office bombed, his father’s garage burned twice, and, on February 5, 1971, a firebomb gutted his Charlotte, North Carolina-based office, burning his books, papers and records. It took

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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 boardrooms, and now the Massachusetts State House. In each of these capacities, Governor Patrick has been guided by the advice of his grandmother: hope for the best and work for it. First elected in 2006 on a platform of hope

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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 neighborhoods. This movement and, tragically, King’s murder, helped spur passage of the FHA, which remains one of our nation’s most vital civil rights laws. The Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund has created a retrospective

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Baltimore City Public School Students and Families Deserve Educational Equity

We need your stories. On March 7, 2019, a group of concerned parents joined by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. and ACLU of Maryland returned to court in the historic Bradford vs. Maryland State Board of Education case to ensure that another generation of Black and Brown students in Baltimore are not held back from realizing their dreams due to unconstitutional and inequitable education funding. Find out more about what you need to know.  We need to hear from additional parents, teachers, and students in Baltimore City. Please fill out this survey so we can learn more about

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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 Selma, Alabama, the focus of its efforts to register Black voters in Alabama. On March 7, protestors attempting to cross the Edmund Pettis Bridge on their way from Selma to the state capital of Montgomery were assaulted by Alabama State

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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, the founding Director of LDF’s Division of Legal Information and Community Services, our history was molded by the brilliance of female legal scholars, organizers, and activists.   Constance Baker Motley  One of twelve children and the daughter of immigrants, Constance

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