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NAACP Legal Defense Fund Creates Program To Support Aspiring Civil Rights Lawyers In South

The Marshall-Motley Scholars program will provide scholarships to law students who aspire to become civil rights attorneys.
The Marshall-Motley Scholars program will provide scholarships to law students who aspire to become civil rights attorneys.
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The NAACP Legal Defense Fund was founded back in 1940. At the time, it was one of the nation’s first civil rights law firms, and the goal was for the organization to serve as the “legal arm” of the civil rights movement.

After more than 80 years of doing this work, on this year’s Martin Luther King Day, the LDF launched a new initiative.

The Marshall-Motley Scholars program will provide scholarships to law students who aspire to become civil rights attorneys.

Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, joined “Closer Look” to share how the program will help remove barriers for students.

To hear the full conversation, click on the audio player above.