Anonymous Donor Gives $40 Million To Fund 50 Civil Rights Lawyers

Thanks to an incredibly generous anonymous donation of $40 million, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund is using the money to support a new generation of civil rights lawyers.
On Monday (January 18), the program was announced and is dedicated to pursuing racial justice across the South by putting 50 students through law schools nationwide. The scholarships require that the future lawyers commit to eight years of racial justice work in the South, starting with a two-year post-graduate fellowship in a civil rights organization.
“The donor came to us,” said Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the Legal Defense and Educational Fund, according to CBS. “The donor very much wanted to support the development of civil rights lawyers in the South. And we have a little bit of experience with that.”
The LDF has decades of experience backing civil rights lawyers since its 1940 founding by Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American to ……

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