Black Experience

Anonymous Donor’s $40M Gift Funds NAACP Program for New Generation of Civil Rights Lawyers

A huge monetary gift from an anonymous donor has enabled the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) to launch a $40 million scholarship program fostering a new generation of civil rights lawyers to pursue racial justice across the South.

The Marshall-Motley Scholars Program, named for iconic civil rights lawyers Thurgood Marshall and Constance Baker Motley, will put 50 students through law school, and those students in return must commit to eight years of racial justice work in the South, the NAACP announced this week. The application deadline is Feb. 16.

“The donor came to us,” said LDF President Sherrilyn Ifill, USA Today reported. “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 backed civil rights lawyers since its founding by Marshall in 1940, during an era when Black people rarely had effective legal representation and Black students were turned away from Southern universities, according to the NAACP.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Washington Informer Newspaper, 3117 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, Washington, DC, 20032, http://www.washingtoninformer.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

Back to top button

My News Matters to me - Washington Informer Donations

Be a Part of The Washington Informer Legacy

A donation of your choice empowers our journalists to continue the work to better inform, educate and empower you through technology and resources that you use.

Click Here Today to Support Black Press and be a part of the Legacy!

Subscribe today for free and be the first to have news and information delivered directly to your inbox.

Select list(s) to subscribe to


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Washington Informer Newspaper, 3117 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, Washington, DC, 20032, http://www.washingtoninformer.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

Adblock Detected

Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker