The Legal Defense Fund is back celebrating truth-tellers and justice fighters at its annual awards ceremony after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19.

On Tuesday, at the 34th National Equal Justice Awards Dinner at Lincoln Center in New York City, LDF honored Stevie Wonder with its inaugural Icon Award. Previous LDF President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill received the historic civil rights organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and 1619 Project creator and ESSENCE cover star Nikole Hannah-Jones won the Spirit of Justice Award.

Founded by the first Black Supreme Court justice, Thurgood Marshall, LDF has served Black people across the country for generations with hard-won legal victories, including Brown v. Board of Education.






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