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NCBL - National grew out of the civil rights struggles of the 1960s. In 1968, a group of lawyers from across the US came together in Capahosic, VA to consider the relationship between the Black bar, the Black community and White America. All agreed that there was a special need for an activist bar organization that would employ its members' skills in the movement against racism and for the liberation of Black people. That historic Capahosic gathering was followed by a larger conference of lawyers and students in 1969 in Chicago, and in this manner, NCBL was launched.
NCBL - DC was organized in 1975. In keeping with the goals of NCBL National, NCBL- DC focuses on the liberation and self determination of Black People, Human Rights, ending oppression of all people. Our founding members include Ron Isaac, Donald Temple, Benoit Brookens,
Last year we embarked on aiding Washington Legal Clinic to the Homeless. In this program we offer legal assistance to the homeless in connection with other organizations.
In addition to our Homelessness project, this year we are also focusing on educating people about and ensuring voters' rights, the importance of serving on juries, and addressing the DC Jail Project.
Although our name may imply that we only accept lawyers, in fact NCBL-DC is open to law students and nonlawyers who are interested in making a positive impact on the trials that are plaguing our communities. Indeed, one of our goals is to encourage Black youth to study law, and upon graduation to support causes that will help uplift our community. What better way to do so than to introduce them while they are in school and allow them to have some hands on experience.
We believe action speaks louder than words.
We feel clean water is a right for everyone.
We join forces with others to protest to help right wrongs.
This website is for informational purposes only. Using this site or communicating with NCBL-DC. through this site does not form membership-organization relationship. Dues must be paid and current to establish membership in NCBL-DC.
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