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Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
Formation 1950
Headquarters Washington, DC

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) is an umbrella group of American liberal interest groups.


Organizational history

It was founded in 1950 by three leaders in the American civil rights movement: Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters founder A. Philip Randolph, NAACP executive secretary Roy Wilkins, and National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council leader Arnold Aronson.

Member organizations

Leadership and organizational structure

LCCR is currently being led by Chairperson Dorothy I. Height, President and CEO Wade Henderson and Vice-President Nancy Zirkin.

Currently it has 192 member organizations. The LCCR provides a powerful and unified voice for various constituencies of the civil and human rights coalition in the United States: persons of color, women, children, individuals with disabilities, gays and lesbians, older Americans, labor unions, major religious groups, and civil liberties and human rights groups. Today, more than 50 million individuals belong to the more than 192 organizations that form LCCR, and while the organizations continue to advance their respective goals, inherent to their success is membership in LCCR - the coalition that unifies and amplifies the voices of those who share a common vision of equal opportunity, justice, and mutual respect.

The LCCR is a 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization. Its primary activity is coordinating lobbying. It also issues ratings to members of Congress. Its funding comes mainly from member organizations, its annual Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award Dinner, and contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporations.

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Founded in 1969 as the education and research arm of the civil and human rights coalition, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF) emphasizes the need for national policies that support civil rights and social and economic justice. LCCREF initiatives are grounded in the belief that an informed public is more likely to support effective federal civil rights and social justice policies. By fostering a fuller understanding and celebration of our nation's diversity, LCCREF also plays a major role in leading individuals, families, and communities to a fuller appreciation of our nation's diversity and the inherent necessity of equal justice and equal opportunity. LCCREF is currently led by President and CEO Karen McGill Lawson.

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civilrights.org is a collaboration of the LCCR and the LCCREF. Its aim is to serve as the site of record for relevant and up-to-the minute civil rights news and information. The site is home to socially-concerned, issue-oriented original audio, video, and written programming.

Action and activities

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