NAACP Legal Defense Fund Celebrates 70th Anniversary with Reception and Discussion at the National Archives Featuring Eugene Robinson, Elaine Jones and John Payton

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund President and Director-Counsel John Payton, LDF Past President and General Counsel Elaine R. Jones and Pulitzer-Prize winning Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson talked about the state of racial and social juNAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund President and Director-Counsel John Payton, LDF Past President and General Counsel Elaine R. Jones and Pulitzer-Prize winning Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson talked about the state of racial and social justice at the 70th Anniversary celebration of LDF at the National Archives.

CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS, members of Congress, and friends joined the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in its celebration of the 70th Anniversary of its founding at a reception, discussion and book signing at the beautiful National Archives on the Mall in Washington Tuesday evening.

Eugene Robinson talks with a member of the audience.Eugene Robinson talks with a member of the audience.

EUGENE ROBINSON, Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist for The Washington Post, engaged in a lively discussion with LDF Past President and General Counsel Elaine R. Jones and current LDF President and Director-Counsel John Payton, in which the three talked about the state of racial and social justice in the nation today.

“We’re the country’s first civil rights law firm,” said Mr. Payton, citing many of LDF’s achievements over the last seven decades. Quoting one of LDF’s founders Charles Hamilton Houston, Mr. Payton added, “We have made enormous progress, no doubt about it. But we can’t ‘shout too soon.’ There are lots of issues yet to be resolved.”

Eugene Robinson, Congressman Bobby Scott, Elaine Jones and John PaytonEugene Robinson, Congressman Bobby Scott, Elaine Jones and John Payton

FOLLOWING the discussion, Mr. Robinson hosted a book signing for his highly acclaimed book “Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America,” which analyzes the splintering of black America into four subgroups: the Transcendent elite, the Mainstream middle class, an Emergent community and the Abandoned.

SINCE 1940, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) has been America’s legal counsel on issues of race. Through advocacy and litigation, LDF focuses on issues of education, voter protection, economic justice and criminal justice. LDF also encourages students to embark on careers in the public interest through scholarships and internship programs. LDF pursues racial justice to move our nation toward a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all.

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