The Role of an Activist Attorney in the #BlackLivesMatter Movement

Last September, at the 75th anniversary alumni reunion for the late Thurgood Marshall’s NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), former Director-Counsel Elaine Jones asked the gathering of civil rights attorneys if they were up to the task of building a new racial justice movement. Her call moved me—a lawyer turned writer and NGO consultant who had once turned down an internship at LDF to focus on repaying school debt.

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