Washington, D.C. — Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, released the following statement on the generous philanthropy by MacKenzie Scott.
“The NAACP is honored and grateful for the generous philanthropic efforts of Mackenzie Scott. Her selfless gift and enduring commitment to the cause of racial justice, supporting equitable outcomes for all people and HBCUs, is inspiring and humbling. Her donation, during this most turbulent time of COVID-19, racial injustice, and economic despair, will fuel the NAACP’s work to upend the dark underbelly of bigotry, discrimination, and racism within this country. We are thankful and forever grateful for the dutiful contribution she has made to us and all other organizations fighting for the world’s most vulnerable populations. With her assistance, we are well-positioned to ensure we achieve better outcomes for those that need it most.”
NOTE: The Legal Defense Fund – also referred to as the NAACP-LDF was founded in 1940 as a part of the NAACP, but separated in 1957 to become a completely separate entity. It is recognized as the nation’s first civil and human rights law organization, and shares our commitment to equal rights.