Celebrating 80 years
as the vanguard in the battle for civil rights
On March 20, 1940, Thurgood Marshall founded the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. with a vision of an America that did not yet exist — a vision to transform this country from a chapter of state-sponsored racism to one that truly holds the promise of equality for all.
Nearly 80 years later, LDF lawyers continue to battle against voting laws that suppress African American votes, racially discriminatory barriers to employment and housing, ongoing segregation in our nation’s schools, and a criminal justice system that too harshly punishes people of color. Our policy advocates bring their expertise to Capitol Hill, while our organizers are on the ground in communities across the country supporting local efforts to transform policing, education, and more.
Every day, for the past 80 years, LDF has worked towards making Thurgood Marshall’s vision a reality.
Celebrate with us
This site is the home of our 80th anniversary celebration. We invite you to learn more about LDF's remarkable history as we ignite a new era of bold and visionary leadership in the fight for racial justice. You will also be able to find the latest information on our special anniversary events and programming and connect with us on social media.
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund is simply the best civil rights law firm in American history.
—President Barack Obama