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Eleventh Circuit Affirms Decision to Preliminarily Block Unlawful “Stop W.O.K.E.” Censorship Law

Thursday, March 16, 2023 | news

In an important victory for professors, other educators, and students across Florida, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals left in place a preliminary injunction blocking Florida’s HB 7 — also known as the Stop Wrongs Against Our Kids and Employees Act (Stop W.O.K.E. Act) — from being enforced in institutions of higher education, pending appeal. […]

LDF on HBCU Executive Order, Race-Conscious Policies Key to Educational Equality

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 | news

Read a PDF of our statement here.  NAACP Legal Defense Fund Statement on HBCU Executive Order Race-Conscious Policies Key to Educational Equality  Today, the White House issued an executive order elevating an initiative to promote excellence and innovation at our nations’ Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. […]

Director of Policy

Friday, April 14, 2023 | careers

The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process […]

LDF President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill to Receive Harvard Law Award

Monday, June 5, 2017 | news

LDF President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill to Receive Harvard Law Award Washington, D.C. – At a ceremony this evening at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Sherrilyn Ifill, the President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), will receive an Award for Professional Excellence from Harvard […]

LDF Welcomes Karla McKanders as New Director of LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute

Wednesday, June 28, 2023 | news

Today, the Legal Defense Fund (LDF) announced that Karla McKanders has been appointed as the new director of the Thurgood Marshall Institute, the multidisciplinary research and advocacy center within LDF that was launched in 2015.  Professor McKanders comes to LDF from Vanderbilt University Law School, where she has taught Critical Race Theory and Immigration Law […]

Support

Friday, May 18, 2018 | page

the moment is now The Legal Defense Fund  (LDF) was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality. Today, as our democracy faces a watershed moment, LDF continues our commitment to equal justice.    

Other Ways to Give

Monday, May 21, 2018 | page

There are a variety of innovative ways to support LDF that offer benefits to your own financial well-being, or may even increase the impact of your gift. All of these options empower LDF’s work and mission. The Legal Defense Fund’s mission has always been transformative: to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society. Founded […]

About Us

Monday, May 7, 2018 | page

The Legal Defense Fund (LDF) is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Using the power of law, narrative, research, and people, we defend and advance the full dignity and citizenship of Black people in America. LDF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 

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