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ABA-LDF Joint Statement on Eliminating Bias in the Criminal Justice System

Thursday, July 16, 2015 | news

Read the PDF of our joint statement here. The American Bar Association and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. have long and proud traditions of fighting for civil rights, human rights and equal justice.  Although, over the years, we have celebrated much progress in these arenas, we are now confronted by a troubling and […]

ABA Task Force Report Comes at Critical Time for Criminal Justice Reform

Friday, February 3, 2017 | news

Read the PDF of our statement here Release of ABA Building Public Trust Task Force Report Comes at Critical Time for Criminal Justice Reform Statement of NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Today, the American Bar Association approved the report of its Task Force on Building Public Trust in the American Justice System, which […]

ABA lawyers conference to confront post-racial ‘myth’

Friday, October 22, 2010 | news

Many Americans believed the election of Barack Obama as the first African-American president heralded the zenith of the civil rights movement and ushered in a color-blind society. Two years later that assumption is being questioned.    John Payton “We need to get past the euphoria of November 2008 and see the problems we still have,” […]

A Year in Review: 2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 | news

2014 has been a year of challenges and opportunities in the battle for racial justice.  In the courts and in community meetings, on panels and in convenings, through media and reports, and before Congress, LDF has been on the front lines pushing for change. We also celebrated the 60th Anniversary of LDF’s iconic victory in […]

A Victim’s Vlea for Clemency for Duane Buck

Monday, February 18, 2013 | news

Over fifteen years ago, I survived a tragic shooting in which I lost a dear friend. I now find myself pleading to spare the life of another beloved friend – Duane Buck, the person responsible for nearly taking my life. Duane is scheduled to be put to death in Texas in a matter of days despite appeals […]

A Unified Statement of Action to Promote Reform and Stop Police Abuse

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 | news

African American leaders join in promoting a series of recommendations to address the fatal shooting of Michael Brown and to prevent future fatal shootings of unarmed African American teenagers  Media Teleconference Tuesday, August 19th, 2 p.m. EST Call in:  866-952-1907 Conference ID: Ferguson– RSVP Encouraged WASHINGTON, D.C., August 19, 2014 — National civil and human […]

A True Education

Friday, October 5, 2012 | news

I’ve always believed that the sign of a truly educated person is exhibited by their ability to synthesize seemingly unrelated events and come up with a perceptive insight. Allow me to try and add one based on recent events in New York’s education system. Read the full article on the Huffington Post.

A Tribute to the Life of Muhammad Ali: World Champion Boxer, Outspoken and Courageous Advocate, Global Leader and Former LDF Client

Saturday, June 4, 2016 | news

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) deeply mourns the passing of our former client Muhammad Ali, one of the most powerful, charismatic and inspiring figures of the 20th and 21st centuries. In 1970 LDF represented Mr. Ali in Ali v. Division of State Athletic Comm’n, and the following year in Clay v. […]

A Tribute to LDF Alum Sheila Thomas

Monday, August 13, 2018 | news

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) mourns the loss of Sheila Y. Thomas, who was a member of LDF’s inaugural class of Skadden Fellows. An accomplished attorney who litigated countless employment discrimination cases over her decades-long career, Thomas also worked as a spiritual counselor, viewing religious practice as inseparable from the pursuit […]

A Tribute to Jacqueline A. Berrien Former LDF Associate Director-Counsel and Civil Rights Champion

Friday, November 13, 2015 | news

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) pays tribute to Jacqueline A. Berrien, an extraordinary and highly accomplished civil rights lawyer, the 14th Chair of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (2010-2014), and a beloved member of the LDF family and the broader civil rights community. Early Career Jacqueline Berrien Jacqueline Berrien […]

A Tribute to Harry Briggs Jr., One of the Children at the Center of Brown v. Board of Education

Friday, August 19, 2016 | news

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) mourns the loss of Harry Briggs Jr. LDF represented the Briggs family in one of the most important fights for justice in our nation’s history: the legal battle over ending racial segregation in public schools. LDF represented Harry Jr.’s parents, Harry Briggs Sr. and Eliza Gamble […]

A Tribute to George Bundy Smith and E. Richard Larson

Monday, August 21, 2017 | news

Read the PDF of our statement here. A Tribute to George Bundy Smith and E. Richard Larson Update August 24, 2017: A memorial reception for E. Richard Larson will be held on Wednesday, September 6th, from 5:30pm-8:30pm at MALDEF National Headquarters, 634 S. Spring Street – Edison Room, Los Angeles, CA, 90014.  The NAACP Legal Defense […]

A Tribute to Earl Cunningham, LDF Information and Office Services Clerk from 1968 to 2015

Friday, July 12, 2019 | news

Earl Cunningham and Oscar Fambro in LDF’s office at 10 Columbus Circle, New York, 1970s The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) mourns the loss of Earl Cunningham, one of our longest-serving employees. Mr. Cunningham passed away on July 10, 2019 at the age of 79 at his home in Brooklyn after a […]

A Tribute to Dick Gregory

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 | news

Read the PDF of our statement here.  A Tribute to Dick Gregory The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) deeply mourns the passing of our former client and board member Dick Gregory, who was one of the great satirists and civil rights champions of the last century. Gregory, who passed on August 19, 2017, […]

A Tribute to Clarence C. Finley, 1922-2016

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 | news

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) mourns the loss of former board member and civil rights pioneer Clarence C. Finley, who not only played an instrumental part in integrating the United States military, but also blazed trails in corporate America as the first Black president of a major division of an international […]

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