Almost 25 years after it was first conceived, we have realized the vision of the Institute at LDF and we continue to honor Thurgood Marshall’s legacy through our work.

The Thurgood Marshall Institute (TMI) is a multidisciplinary center within the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF). Launched in 2015, the Institute complements LDF’s traditional litigation strengths and brings three critical capabilities to the fight for racial justice: research, targeted advocacy campaigns, and organizing. The Institute also houses LDF’s Archives—a collection of materials chronicling the legal history of the Civil Rights Movement.


LDF is grateful to The Atlantic Philanthropies for its generous support in launching the Thurgood Marshall Institute.


“I’m proud that we have realized the vision of a Thurgood Marshall Institute at LDF. The Institute is strengthening LDF’s capacity and reach, and our ability to meet the needs of the communities we represent.”

Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel, LDF