Almost 25 years after it was first conceived, the vision of the Institute at LDF has been realized and we continue to honor Thurgood Marshall’s legacy through our work.

Q: What is LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute?

A: Launched in 2015, the Thurgood Marshall Institute is a multidisciplinary research and advocacy center at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF). While LDF is known for its impact litigation, the Institute complements LDF’s educational and non-litigation advocacy by undertaking innovative civil rights research, launching targeted issue campaigns, and preserving civil rights history in Archives.

Q: Where does the Institute operate?

A: TMI operates within LDF, with staff in both New York and Washington, D.C. More than a building in the brick-and-mortar sense, the Institute functions as an interdisciplinary and integrated hub within LDF.

Q: What are the Institute’s issue campaigns?

A: The Institute's issue campaigns are advocacy efforts targeted to specific locations. Learn more about our issue campaigns here.

Q: What research is the Institute conducting?

A: The Institute's research focuses on LDF’s four areas of expertise: criminal justice, economic justice, education, and political participation. Learn more about our research here.

Q: How can I access LDF’s Archives at TMI?

A: The Library of Congress has 276 boxes of LDF records (up to 1968) available. Records held onsite at LDF are not open for research.

Q: How do I contact the Institute?

A: Connect with us via social media, email, or phone here.

Q: How do I work at the Institute?

A: Please consult LDF’s Employment Opportunities page for current opportunities.

“To meet this crucial moment in our history we must harness all of these capabilities at once and continue to seek new paths to justice.”

James A. Cadogan, Director of the Thurgood Marshall Institute