The NAACP Legal Defense Fund


In this video, students learn about a team of lawyers dedicated to achieving racial justice through the legal system. Formed in 1940 as part of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Legal Defense Fund (LDF) raised money, amassed lawyers, and launched lawsuits throughout the country to fight segregation. Their work as the country's first civil and human rights law firm continues to impact society today. 

This video was made in conjunction with Makematic.


  • Describe the goals and actions of the Legal Defense Fund and its impact on the Civil Rights Movement
  • Identify forms of civic action used to create change
  • Engage in directed discussion
  • Analyze the video‚Äôs topic and connect it to current issues