Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

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Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a 501(c)(4) organization that engages in "legislative advocacy." It was founded in 1950 and "has coordinated national lobbying efforts on behalf of every major civil rights law since 1957."

Also see the Leadership Conference Education Fund.


The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights describes itself as "a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. Through advocacy and outreach to targeted constituencies, The Leadership Conference works toward the goal of a more open and just society – an America as good as its ideals."[1]

"The Leadership Conference was founded in 1950 as the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights by A. Philip Randolph, head of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters; Roy Wilkins of the NAACP; and Arnold Aronson, a leader of the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council. Their visionary leadership was grounded in their commitment to social justice and the firm conviction that the struggle for civil rights would be won, not by one group alone, but through coalition."[2]

Board of Directors


Vice Chairs



Policy and Enforcement Committee Chair

Board of Directors


  • Wade Henderson, President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • Karen McGill Lawson, Executive Vice President and COO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • Nancy Zirkin, Executive Vice President for Policy of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • Ellen Buchman, Executive Vice President for Field and Communications of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights




Finance and Administration


157 Civil and Human Rights Groups Call for Stronger Response to Hate Incidents

On March 10, 2017, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights released a press release with 156 additional "civil rights" organizations to as President Donald Trump to "respond more quickly and forcefully to hate-based incidents, which have been occurring at an alarming rate in recent months."[4]

The coalition of civil rights organizations signed a letter saying in part:

"While we welcome President Trump’s remarks to the joint session of Congress, where he noted ‘we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all of its very ugly forms,’ it was the first public acknowledgement he had made on specific recent events. It is clear that the President has been slow to respond to hate incidents, when he has responded at all. We strongly believe the President has a moral obligation to use his bully pulpit to speak out against acts of hatred when they occur.
Moreover, the President and his surrogates have too frequently used rhetoric and proposed and enacted policies that have fostered a hostile environment toward many, including African Americans, Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim, and immigrant and refugee communities. The President cannot condemn hate in one sentence and then in the same speech, promote falsehoods that can lead to bias and hate violence.
We as a nation are stronger when we are inclusive. We encourage the President, his staff and members of his Cabinet to condemn hate incidents when they happen. We appreciate Secretary of Homeland Security Kelly’s recent condemnation of these acts and his pledge for support and outreach by the Department’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. Especially given the unique obligations and responsibilities of the Department of Justice, we strongly urge Attorney General Sessions to take similar actions.
We also urge the President to continue the tradition of a White House interagency task force on hate violence, and make available the full resources of the federal government to track and report hate crimes, to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators, and to aid affected communities. Our inclusive democracy demands no less.”

Coalition of Civil Rights Organizations who signed the Letter