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George Wallerstein and Julie Lutz

Friday, August 24, 2018 | donor-testi

George Wallerstein began supporting LDF’s work during the civil rights movement in the early 1960’s. “It was apparent even then,” he says, “that the effort to expand civil rights in the United States would be a long job”. LDF is still working to defend the gains made at that time and endeavoring to build on […]

George Wallerstein and Julie Lutz

Friday, August 24, 2018 | donor-testi

George Wallerstein began supporting LDF’s work during the civil rights movement in the early 1960’s. “It was apparent even then,” he says, “that the effort to expand civil rights in the United States would be a long job”. LDF is still working to defend the gains made at that time and endeavoring to build on […]

George Wallerstein and Julie Lutz

Monday, May 21, 2018 | donor-testi

George Wallerstein began supporting LDF’s work during the civil rights movement in the early 1960’s. “It was apparent even then,” he says, “that the effort to expand civil rights in the United States would be a long job”. LDF is still working to defend the gains made at that time and endeavoring to build on […]

George Wallerstein and Julie Lutz

Monday, May 21, 2018 | donor-testi

George Wallerstein began supporting LDF’s work during the civil rights movement in the early 1960’s. “It was apparent even then,” he says, “that the effort to expand civil rights in the United States would be a long job”. LDF is still working to defend the gains made at that time and endeavoring to build on […]

George Wallerstein and Julie Lutz

Friday, August 24, 2018 | donor-testi

George Wallerstein began supporting LDF’s work during the civil rights movement in the early 1960’s. “It was apparent even then,” he says, “that the effort to expand civil rights in the United States would be a long job”. LDF is still working to defend the gains made at that time and endeavoring to build on […]

Will Searcy

Friday, October 19, 2018 | staff

Will Searcy is the Research and Operations Associate for the Thurgood Marshall Institute at LDF. Prior to joining LDF, he served in a variety of roles at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, including Program Manager, Interim Director of the Black Talent Initiative, and Public Policy Fellow focused on criminal justice reform. A […]

The Significance of “The Doll Test”

Monday, March 4, 2019 | page

A Revealing Experiment Brown v. Board and “The Doll Test” Learn More About Brown v. Board Doctors Kenneth and Mamie Clark and “The Doll Test” In the 1940s, psychologists Kenneth and Mamie Clark designed and conducted a series of experiments known colloquially as “the doll tests” to study the psychological effects of segregation on African-American […]

Judge Barrett’s Record

Monday, October 12, 2020 | page

Read the full Report on Judge Amy Coney Barrett A Supreme Court confirmation process would be illegitimate regardless of the nominee and regardless of the president. But the nomination of Judge Barrett to the nation’s highest court raises additional concerns. In the past four years, President Trump has appointed more than 200 federal judges, many […]

Our Impact

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | page

introduction The Legal Defense Fund’s mission has always been transformative: to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society. The new political landscape and retrenchment in key areas of civil rights pose unprecedented threats to the hard-won gains of the last half-century. From new assaults on voting rights to a renewed push to undermine equal […]

Tonya Farrow-Chestnut

Monday, June 21, 2021 | staff

Tonya Farrow-Chestnut, Ph.D., is the Data and Senior Research Analyst at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. Prior to joining the LDF, Dr. Farrow-Chestnut was the research consultant for the North Carolina Democratic Party 12th Congressional District Chair.  The Chair’s mission: “To make it plain: reach every corner and make sure we show […]

Happy Birthday, LDF! 5 Things You May Not Know About the Nation’s Oldest Civil Rights Legal Organization

Monday, March 20, 2017 | ldf-perspectives

By LDF Archives Today, March 20th 2017, we celebrate the 77th anniversary of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF). To many, LDF is best known for ending school segregation through the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education. LDF is also well-known for the pivotal work of its founder and first […]

History

Monday, July 16, 2018 | page

The Battle for the Ballot LDF has also consistently fought to eliminate barriers to full political participation by all Americans in our nation’s democratic processes.  In 1943, Thurgood Marshall successfully persuaded the Supreme Court to rule in Smith v. Allwright that Texas’s refusal to allow African-Americans to vote in the Democratic primary election violated the […]

Julius Levonne Chambers

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | director-counsels

Julius Chambers was the third Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., serving from 1984-1993. One of this country’s great civil rights lawyers and leaders, he devoted his entire adult life to civil rights law. He died in 2013. His dedication to equality and justice was shaped by his formative experiences as a […]

LDF Sends Letter to Florida Department of Education to Express Concern Over Discriminatory Hair Policies

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 | news

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) today sent a letter to the Florida Department of Education informing it that a number of private schools receiving federal scholarship funds have dress code policies that are potentially discriminatory against Black students. The policies prohibit hairstyles commonly worn by African American students. In doing so, they violate […]

Senate Confirms Jacqueline A. Berrien As Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commision

Thursday, December 23, 2010 | news

The Senate confirmed by Jacqueline A. Berrien, the former Associate Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), as Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commision (EEOC) by unanimous consent on December 22, 2010.  Berrien was nominated for the position by President Obama on July 16, 2009.  Due to the Senate inaction on her […]

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