LDF is the nation`s leading legal organization dedicated to fighting for racial justice and advocating for the protection of civil rights for all Americans. LDF is funded by grants from large center-left organizations. Since 1998, DFL has received significant funding from the Ford Foundation ($23 million in 2015) and received a $7.5 million grant from the foundation in 2016 as an investment in the “long-term capacity and sustainability of social justice organizations.”   Between 1998 and 2010, the Rockefeller Foundation funded LDF to the tune of $1.125 million.  The NAACP helps you understand, advocate for your rights, and take action on issues that matter to you. Many, if not all, of the sites in the collection and the elements embedded in the sites (e.g., Photos, articles, graphics) are protected by copyright. You are responsible for determining whether your use of items in this collection is legal. You are also responsible for securing all permissions required to use the items. You must obtain written permission from copyright holders of materials that are not in the public domain for distribution, reproduction, or other use of protected material beyond what is permitted by fair dealing or other legal exceptions. Some content may be protected by international law.
You may also need permission from the owners of other rights, such as publicity and/or privacy rights. The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the leading American legal organization fighting for racial justice. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who later became the first African-American justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, LDF was created at a time when the nation`s aspirations for equality and due process were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality. From that time until today, LDF`s mission has always been transformative: to achieve racial justice, equality and an inclusive society. The NAACP Board of Directors established the Legal Defense Fund in 1940 specifically for tax purposes. In 1957, the DFL was completely separated from the NAACP and given its own independent board of directors and staff.  Although DFL was originally intended to operate in accordance with NAACP policy, serious disputes arose between the two organizations after 1961. These conflicts eventually led the NAACP to create its own in-house legal department, while LDF continued to operate as an independent organization and achieve significant legal victories.   The Legal Defense Fund is the leading American legal organization fighting for racial justice.
Governor Reeves said, “It`s also, as always, a great day not to be in Jackson” for residents of another city. This is an example of why Jackson needs direct means to control its waters. The governor thinks it`s a joke to deprive Black Water of water. Liberal billionaire George Soros` Open Society Foundation and the Open Society Foundations (OSF) are among LDF`s largest donors, with donations of $2,623,000 and $965,206, respectively.  Jonathan Soros donated an additional $400,000 to his wife through his Foundation and the Jennifer and Jonathan Allan Soros Foundation.  Early in its history, the DFL advocated desegregation in public schools and the overturning of the Plessy Supreme Court`s 1896 decision against Ferguson legalizing “separate but equal” segregation laws.  The organization`s advocacy and litigation led to the landmark decision Brown v. The Board of Education in 1954, which overturned the previous Plessy decision and the previous segregation decision. After that, fierce opposition to the decision led the DFL to file and argue several other lawsuits to enforce the new Brown standard.  Perhaps the most famous case in DFL history is Brown v. Board of Education, the seminal 1954 case in which the U.S. Supreme Court explicitly prohibited racial segregation in public educational institutions.
During the civil rights protests of the 1960s, LDF represented “the legal arm of the civil rights movement” and advised Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., among others.  LDF is completely independent and separate from the NAACP.  Although LDF can trace its origins back to the NAACP Legal Department, founded in the 1930s by Charles Hamilton Houston, Thurgood Marshall founded LDF as a separate legal entity in 1940 and LDF became completely independent of the NAACP in 1957.  The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) is a subsidiary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). LDF uses strategic litigation and legal advocacy to advance a center-left agenda that focuses on issues related to the interests of African Americans and ethnic minorities.   DFL has reviewed other important Supreme Court cases such as Furman v. Georgia (1972), which challenged the constitutionality of the death penalty for racial prejudice, leading to a temporary halt to the practice, and Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (2016), which maintained the university`s “race-responsive admissions program” for student applicants.  The Earl Warren Legal Education Program, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was created to provide scholarships to African-American law students to promote civil rights and work in the public interest.  The Tides Foundation, a left-wing organization and donor-advised fund manager, has provided over $1 million to the DFL. The Jewish Communal Foundation, a donor-advised funding provider, provided more than $1 million to DFL through 2015.  Another donor-advised funding provider, the Schwab Charitable Fund, provided over $4 million in grants to DFL.  Join this intergenerational network of activists who are breaking structural racism by using your power to take action on the most pressing issues of our time. A number of prominent lawyers have been associated with LDF over the years, including Barack Obama, who was a cooperative LDF lawyer.  The following non-exhaustive list of DFL alumni shows the breadth of positions these lawyers have held or currently hold in the public service, government, academia, the private sector and other fields.