NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund

Civil and human rights law organization

Grantee Cohort Spring 2018

Location National

Established in 1940, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. It focuses on four areas: criminal justice, economic justice, education equity, and voting rights. LDF’s primary activities are litigation, advocacy, and public education. It also offers scholarship, fellowship, and internship programs to advance equity and diversity in education and the workforce. LDF’s overall goals are to diminish racial disparities in the criminal justice system; achieve full African-American civic engagement and participation in the democratic process; attain equity in education and eliminate tolerance for schools that fail students; and increase fairness and African-American participation in all aspects of economic life.

With Art for Justice’s support, the Prosecutor Reform Project engaged African American communities around prosecutor elections in states with high rates of incarceration.