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New Program Aims To Bring More Civil Rights Lawyers To The South

Added 01-18-21 08:07:09am EST - “The scholarship program, sponsored by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, intends to support the next generation of civil rights advocates working in the South.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “New Program Aims To Bring More Civil Rights Lawyers To The South”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The new scholarship program is in part named after the late Constance Baker Motley, seen here in 2004, who was the first Black woman federal judge. Bebeto Matthews/AP hide caption

The new scholarship program is in part named after the late Constance Baker Motley, seen here in 2004, who was the first Black woman federal judge.

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund is launching a scholarship program designed to produce a new team of civil rights advocates working for racial justice in the South.

Unveiled on Monday — Martin Luther King Jr. Day — the program will offer free tuition and room and board, a commitment intended to remove barriers for students deterred by the steep costs of law school.

Once their program ends, the Marshall-Motley Scholars — named after a pair of the LDF's most preeminent alumni, the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and the first Black woman federal judge, Constance Baker Motley — will commit to working on civil rights law in the South for at least eight years.

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