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Emory Law hosts event to honor MLK Holiday, features NAACP Legal Defense Fund president
By A. Kenyatta Greer | Emory Law | December 17, 2015

Sherrilyn Ifill:
President & director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Emory University School of Law presents a lecture by Sherrilyn Ifill, president & director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The event will be held Thursday, Jan. 14, at 6 p.m. in Tull Auditorium at 1301 Clifton Road, Atlanta, 30322.

Ifill has had a distinguished career as a litigator, constitutional law scholar and public intellectual. A frequent commentator on Sunday morning talk shows, she has litigated landmark voting rights cases and written the critically acclaimed “On the Courthouse Lawn: Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the 21st Century,” which discusses the continuing legacy of Jim Crow-era lynchings on communities today.

Her talk, to be held just days before the MLK holiday, and one of many events celebrated around campus, was organized by Dorothy Brown, a professor of law with Emory and frequent commenter on the salience of race in America. Brown says, “Dr. Martin Luther King is often remembered for this quote: ‘The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.’ The Legal Defense Fund has been at the forefront of ensuring that our legal system bends towards justice. What better time than now when some in our country are still debating whether all black lives matter, to hear from such a beacon of light in this multi-generational struggle?”

This event is free and open to the public. A reception in Hunter Atrium will immediately follow the event.