Sherrilyn Ifill takes the lead for the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund.
*The NAACP has classic litigation that it is famous for, but it’s been some time since we’ve seen a landmark case grab their attention.
But with a new sheriff in town at the lead, there may be a jump to energize this area of the NAACP and set some fires under politicians to get us back on track again; especially in voting issues.
This week, the NAACP announced that Sherrilyn Ifill has been passed the baton of leadership for their Legal Defense Fund (LDF). She’s a nationally known advocate in the areas of “civil rights, voting rights, judicial diversity and judicial decision-making.”
Hailing from the University of Maryland’s Law School since 1993, she has taught Constitutional Law, Environmental Justice, Complex Litigation, as well as seminars on Voting Rights and Equal Protection. Not only that, she co-founded the Reentry of Ex-Offenders Clinic that focuses on the legal rights of ex-offenders. Annnd, she wrote an important book, “On the Courthouse Lawn: Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the Twenty-First Century.”
“Why Did I Get Married” actor Richard T. Jones embarrassed himself at this year’s University of Maryland graduation as he gave a rambling commencement speech.
In other words he wasn’t prepared. He wasted everybody’s time and made whoever invited him, wish they hadn’t made that decision.
As he stammered his way through the almost interminable 15 minutes he was at the mic, he tried several times to blame it on the speakers who preceded him:
“Wow! I had this great speech ready for you guys and then you put me behind a bunch of doctors. You put an actor…behind a bunch of doctors…and then they said everything I wanted to say so I figure I’ll keep talking until I say something. I had such great analogies. I had such great quotes … And every one was used already. I’m glad I looked up a word called improv because that is what is going to happen here.”
Only what he came up with was NOT improv. But in retrospect if it wasn’t so sad watching him die in front of thousands, it would be funny. Then again, after you watch it, if you can, you just might think it IS funny.