Almost 25 years after its conception, the Thurgood Marshall Institute now boasts its own presence and vision within LDF and strives to honor the legacy of its namesake through research and targeted advocacy campaigns that advance the work of racial justice.

The Thurgood Marshall Institute is a multidisciplinary center within the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Launched in 2015, the Institute complements LDF’s traditional litigation strengths and brings critical capabilities to the fight for racial justice, including research and targeted advocacy campaigns. The Institute also houses LDF’s Archives—a collection of materials chronicling the legal history of the Civil Rights Movement.


LDF is grateful to The Atlantic Philanthropies for its generous support in launching the Thurgood Marshall Institute.


“I’m proud that we have realized the vision of a Thurgood Marshall Institute at LDF. The Institute is strengthening LDF’s capacity and reach, and our ability to meet the needs of the communities we represent.”

Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel, LDF