LDF Announces 32nd Annual National Equal Justice Awards Dinner (NEJAD)


(NEW YORK, NY) – September 26, 2018 – The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) has announced its 32nd Annual National Equal Justice Awards Dinner (NEJAD) will take place Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 6:30pm at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City.
A highlight of the NY social calendar, NEJAD recognizes leaders who inspire LDF’s work and honors the contributions of its supporters. This year’s theme is “Justice, Equality, Democracy” and will celebrate the achievements of several distinguished individuals who’ve dedicated their careers and lives to social justice. The 2018 honorees are:
National Equal Justice Award
  • Bryan Stevenson – Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative
  • Dr. P. Roy Vagelos and Diana Vagelos – Mr. Vagelos is Chairman of the Board, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He is retired Chairman and CEO of Merck & Co., Inc. Mrs. Vagelos currently serves as Vice Chairman of Barnard Board of Trustees and Vice President/Treasurer of the Marianthi Foundation, Inc.
Thurgood Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award
Robyn and Tony Coles and Andrea and Kenneth C. Frazier will serve as honorary chairs.
“The demands of this moment to fiercely protect justice , equality and democracy require the strengths and talents of the entire civil rights community and its supporters,” said

Sherrilyn Ifill, LDF’s President and Director-Counsel. “NEJAD is a wonderful opportunity to honor some of our most effective allies in this vital work, and to thank our donors for their generous support of our efforts to realize a more just and equal society.”

For more information, visit naacpldf.org/nejad2018.
About the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
Founded in 1940, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the nation’s first civil and human rights law organization and has been completely separate from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 1957-although LDF was originally founded by the NAACP and shares its commitment to equal rights. LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute is a multi-disciplinary and collaborative hub within LDF that launches targeted campaigns and undertakes innovative research to shape the civil rights narrative. In media attributions, please refer to us as the NAACP Legal Defense Fund or LDF.


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