Stevie Wonder receives Icon Award from Legendary Civil Rights Organization, Legal Defense Fund


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The Legal Defense Fund is back to celebrate truth tellers and justice fighters at its annual awards ceremony after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19.

On Tuesday at the 34th National Equal Justice Awards dinner at Lincoln Center in New York, LDF honored Stevie Wonder with his first Icon Award. Former LDF president and attorney-director Sherrilyn Ifill received the historic civil rights organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and Project 1619 creator and ESSENCE cover star Nikole Hannah-Jones won the Spirit of Justice award.

Founded by the first black Supreme Court justice, Thurgood Marshall, LDF has served black people across the country for generations with hard-won legal victories, including Brown v. Board of Education.

The annual awards ceremony serves as a call to action to support the organization’s work, especially at a time when civil rights – from free speech to rights to privacy and bodily autonomy – continue to be eroded.

Here are 5 special moments from this year’s ceremony, themed “Truth is Power”:

TOPICS: DFL awards


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