Our Archives department preserves LDF’s legacy and provides research assistance to TMI and LDF staff. TMI’s Archives staff manages an archival repository of LDF’s historic records, provides library services, and oversees information management.

June Shagaloff

For 11 years, June Shagaloff was one of the first community organizers at LDF, which was called the NAACP Legal Department when she joined in 1950. Her historical and social science research played a critical role in Brown v. Board of Education and other civil rights battles. Following the Supreme Court’s 1954 decision in Brown, and in response to the many requests for assistance sent to LDF from NAACP branches and parents throughout the North and South, Ms. Shagaloff assisted LDF in fact finding, building parent-community support, developing desegregation plans, challenging token desegregation plans, organizing community and parent protests, and preparing for legal action.

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In this video, TMI’s Senior Community Organizer Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele interviews Ms. Shagaloff about her time at LDF. Sherrilyn Ifill, LDF’s Director-Counsel, provides an introduction.