The law can be a tool for justice or for domination. The law can be used to empower and transform, or to oppress and degrade. It can secure a participatory democracy, or it can preserve tyranny of the majority. The law can imprison or liberate. It can honor the sanctity of life and create strong families and communities, or it can facilitate the destruction of human lives and families in the service of powerful interests.
The NAACP understands that by harnessing this powerful tool, we can empower all Americans. The NAACP has historically had many of its most celebrated and powerful victories in the courts. Our legal department works tirelessly in continuing this proud tradition. NAACP attorneys work on the front lines of the battle for freedom, often at the expense of their own comfort and even personal safety.
NAACP attorneys not only continue the traditional fight against discrimination - through lawsuits against discriminatory retailers and segregated school systems, but they also help expand the legal rights of people of color through innovative and groundbreaking litigation.