On June 10th, Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center commemorated Juneteenth with an evening of reflections from noted civil rights attorney Sherrilyn Ifill, President & Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
Ifill – who now leads the organization where she started her career – is a nationally recognized advocate for civil rights, voting rights, and judicial diversity. She is also the author of On the Courthouse Lawn, which describes the lasting impact of lynching in the United States. Click here to watch a clip of Ifill sharing her story
The program was moderated by journalist, filmmaker, and writer in residence at Northwestern University Alex Kotlowitz.
Kotlowitz is the author of national bestseller There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in The Other America, named as one of the 150 most important books of the twentieth century by The New York Public Library. His work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and This American Life.
Vice President of Illinois Holocaust Museum Board of Directors Rick Salomon introduced the program.