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NAACP Raises $2 Million Legal Defense and Education Fund

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NAACP LDF HONORS CIVIL AND CHAMPIONS AT 32ND NATIONAL EQUAL JUSTICE AWARDS DINNER

It was more than an awards dinner. It was a time to raise $2 million dollars and honor several civl and human rights leaders.

The , Inc (LDF) hosted their 32nd National Equal Justice Awards Dinner (NEJAD) at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City on November 1.

Marian Wright Edelman (Founder/President of the Children's Defense Fund) and Judge U.W. Clemon (Alabama's first African-American federal judge) received the  Lifetime Achievement Award.

The National Equal Justice Award went to Bryan Stevenson (Founder and Executive Director of the ) and philanthropist couple Dr. P. Roy Vagelos (Chairman of the Board, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) and Diana Vagelos (Vice Chairman of Barnard Board of Trustees and Vice President/Treasurer of the Marianthi Foundation, Inc.).

Notable attendees included Author Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Insecure” actor Kendrick Sampson, Miss Haiti 2014 Christie Desir, and writer . TV and  Jacque Reid served as emcee.

“I'm standing on the shoulders of people who did so much more with so much less,” Bryan Stevenson said during his acceptance speech. “My grandfather realized that slavery didn't end in 1865, it evolved. So he taught his daughter – my grandmother – that she had to fight. We cannot celebrate civil rights if we're not willing to fight. We've got to fight!”

 

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