Houston Chronicle

NAACP receives $40M gift to aid racial justice

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ATLANTA — The NAACP Legal Defense and Educationa­l Fund launched a $40 million scholarshi­p program on Monday to support a new generation of civil rights lawyers, dedicated to pursuing racial justice across the South.

With that whopping gift from a single anonymous donor, the fund plans to put 50 students through law schools around the country. In return, they must commit to eight years of racial justice work in the South, starting with a twoyear post-graduate fellowship in a civil rights organizati­on.

The LDF chose Martin Luther King Day to announce the Marshall-Motley Scholars Program, named for the Supreme Court justice and for Constance Baker Motley, who was an LDF attorney just a few years out of Columbia University Law School when she wrote the initial complaint that led to the court’s Brown v. Board of Education ruling outlawing racial segregatio­n in public schools. She later became the first Black woman federal judge.

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