Legal Defense and Educational Fund


LDF’s mission has always been transformative: to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.

The new political landscape and a retrenchment in key areas of civil right poses unprecedented threats to the hard-won gains of the last half century. From new assaults on voting rights, to a renewed push to undermine equal access to quality education, to the reversal of criminal justice and policing reform, we face significant challenges in every area of our work.



LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice.


LDF staff are dedicated to defending the gains and protections won over the past 75 years of civil rights struggle.


Through its scholarship programs, LDF helps students to attend and graduate from many of the nation’s best colleges, universities, and law schools.


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