(Washington, D.C.) – Indianapolis–based Lumina Foundation awarded a $325,000 grant today to the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
A natural pairing, Lumina Foundation is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all and its new Racial Justice and Equity Fund will help carry forward this work with greater force by fostering racial equity, diversity and inclusion to address systemic racism in the United States. The national Lawyers’ Committee’s mission is to secure equal justice for all through the rule of law, targeting in particular the inequities confronting African Americans and other marginalized people of color.
“Through the Educational Opportunities Project, we are committed to mobilizing a robust, cross-sector defense of race-conscious admissions inside and outside of the courts,” said David Hinojosa, director of the Educational Opportunities Project. “We are acutely aware that the fight for race-conscious admissions is tied to the much broader fight for racial equity in higher education. Race-conscious admissions is a tool for the larger goals of expanding educational access, contesting a ‘colorblind’ framework, and acknowledging and fighting against structural racism.”
“We are supporting efforts to eradicate and dismantle systemic racism in areas that support and complement the work of Lumina Foundation,” said Danette Howard, senior vice president and chief policy officer at Lumina. “We applaud the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which has demonstrated equity-mindedness through training, education, and a commitment to reflecting the community that it serves.”
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law – The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice for all, particularly in the areas of voting rights, criminal justice, fair housing and community development, economic justice, educational opportunities, and hate crimes. For more information, please visit https://lawyerscommittee.org.