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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 […]

A Tribute to Cassandra Q. Butts, Former LDF Assistant Counsel

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 | news

Update June 2, 2016: Public visitation will be held on Monday, June 6th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm at McGuire Funeral Service, Inc., 7400 Georgia, Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20012. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 7th, 6:30pm-8:30pm Metropolitan AME Church, 1518 M. Street, NW, 20005. The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. […]

A Shared Struggle for Equality: Disability Rights and Racial Justice

Wednesday, July 26, 2023 | page

A Shared Struggle for Equality Disability Rights and Racial Justice By Marisa Wright All struggles for rights and justice are inextricably intertwined. Centering the connection between racial justice and disability justice is essential to continuing to push for equitable access and rights in both movements. How One Movement Birthed Another The history of the disability […]

A Right Without a Remedy? Maryland Must Finally Ensure Baltimore City Schoolchildren Have the Funding Necessary to Obtain an Adequate Education

Wednesday, November 1, 2023 | page

A Right Without a Remedy? Maryland Must Finally Ensure Baltimore City Schoolchildren Have the Funding Necessary to Obtain an Adequate Education By Alaizah Koorji LDF Assistant Counsel As each school year starts anew, thousands of students attending Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) set out to pursue their passions, further their studies, and ultimately obtain their […]

A Reflection on the 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 | page

A Reflection from Sherrilyn Ifill May 17th marks the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the constitutional moment that compelled our country to reckon with its history and confront the unfulfilled promise of equality first articulated in our founding documents. Brown v. Board literally changed America. It is a mid-20th century course correction […]

A New Vision for School Safety

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 | news

Damon Hewitt, Director of Education Practice Group, spoke at a press conference organized by the Student Safety Coalition, a diverse group of educators, parents, students, advocates and legal experts. They implored the next mayor to implement reforms that end overly aggressive policing in the city schools and restore authority over school discipline to professional educators. […]

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