Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: June 02, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971928 | Print ISBN: 9781412950855 | Online ISBN: 9781412971928| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
NAACP Legal Defense Fund
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., which is also known as the “NAACP LDF,” “LDF,” or the “Inc. Fund,” is a unique public interest law firm. The firm was founded in 1940 and has litigated civil rights issues nationwide in the state and federal courts. Its efforts in the criminal law area have not been as overwhelmingly successful as in desegregating public facilities, but the firm's legal victories have changed the quality of life for all within the United States. Today, LDF has many public interest law firm imitators. LDF also awards college scholarships to highly qualified African American students. LDF's parent organization, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), was founded in 1909 by a group of White and African Americans to improve the economic, political, and legal plight of African Americans. The organization engaged in lobbying and publicity-related activities. The importance of using ...