Lecia J.

Lecia J. Brooks is the Southern Poverty Law Center’s chief of staff.

Articles by Lecia J.

Holding on to the Past is Holding on to Hope

Stories from the past, like those of Freedom Summer, serve to remind us that change happens when everyday people create it.

Women’s Equality: One Step Closer

This week, another barrier to women’s equality fell. The tony Augusta National Golf Club, home to the Masters Tournament, extended membership to two women, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore. Club Chairman Billy Payne declared it “a joyous occasion,” yet I don’t feel the urge to jump for joy.

Congrats to This Year’s Mix It Up Model Schools!

Over 3,000 schools across the country challenged social boundaries on national Mix It Up at Lunch Day last November. Some schools took it to the next level by actively embracing respect and inclusiveness as core values of their school communities.

How We Live Our Lives

Teaching Tolerance director Lecia J. Brooks reflects on the still segregated nature of our public schools.
A map of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi with overlaid images of key state symbols and of people in community

Learning for Justice in the South

When it comes to investing in racial justice in education, we believe that the South is the best place to start. If you’re an educator, parent or caregiver, or community member living and working in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana or Mississippi, we’ll mail you a free introductory package of our resources when you join our community and subscribe to our magazine.

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