Social Justice and Equality Fundraiser WOD at Eleanor Tinsley Park

Event description

Vintage CrossFit is excited to host a fundraiser for the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF), the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law firm. Read more about the LDF at the bottom of the description. 

It has been a volatile and stressful year. The Covid pandemic introduced an invisible threat to our health and forced us to quarantine apart from our communities. 

Simultaneously, several high-profile, documented instances of violence against people of color sparked outrage and protests across the world. The deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and others have shined a spotlight on the need to improve race relations. 

100% of event registrations will go to the LDF to support legal defense and education about the civil rights movement. If you'd like to participate but are unable to pay, please send us a message at info@vintagecrossfit.com and we'll send you a discount code so you can participate for free. 

The workout will be outdoors. Social distancing will be observed. We ask participants to wear face masks when checking in and interacting with volunteers. Face masks are not required during the workout. Please observe social distancing after completing the workout if you choose to stay at the park afterwards. 

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For time: 

600m Walking Lunge

Every 5:00 stop and perform 5 Burpees + 10 Push Ups + 15 Air Squats

We will have a 600m loop course where participants will lunge. We will start a heat of 4-8 athletes in five- or ten-minute increments depending on registation numbers. 

Participants may register as individuals, or as a team of 2-4 people who can split the work as they choose. 

Heats will start between 6:00PM and 7:00PM. Participants will receive an email with their heat times and event logistics on Thursday evening. 

 

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law firm. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first African-American U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality. From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has always been transformative: to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.

Civil Rights Legacy
As the legal arm of the civil rights movement, LDF has a tradition of expert legal advocacy in the Supreme Court and other courts across the nation.  LDF’s victories established the foundations for the civil rights that all Americans enjoy today.  In its first two decades, LDF undertook a coordinated legal assault against officially enforced public school segregation.  This campaign culminated in Brown v.Board of Education the landmark Supreme Court decision in 1954 that has been described as “the most important American governmental act of any kind since the Emancipation Proclamation.”  The Court’s unanimous decision overturned the “separate but equal” doctrine of legally sanctioned discrimination, widely known as Jim Crow.

In the face of fierce and often violent “massive resistance” to public school desegregation, LDF was forced to sue hundreds of school districts across the country to vindicate Brown’s promise.  It was not until LDF’s subsequent victories in cases such as Cooper v. Aaron(1958), Green v. County School Board (1968), and Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg(1971), that the Supreme Court issued mandates that ultimately required all vestiges of desegregation to be eliminated “root and branch.”  In more recent decades, LDF has remained at the forefront of the ongoing struggle to ensure a high-quality and equitable opportunity to learn for all of our nation’s youth.  For instance, LDF served as lead counsel to African-American and Latino students who intervened in litigation leading up to the Supreme Court’s 2003 decision in Grutter v. Bollinger, which sanctioned race-conscious university admissions policies to obtain the educational benefits of a diverse student body.

LDF’s crusade against racial discrimination has not been limited to public education.  As a result of LDF’s litigation in the 1940s-1960s, the Supreme Court overturned state-sanctioned segregation of public buildings, parks and recreation facilities, hospitals, and restaurants.  Many of these victories resulted from LDF’s determined representation of civil rights movement leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and countless grassroots activists who were arrested for participating in freedom rides, demonstrations, and marches to protest entrenched racial discrimination throughout the country. In Hamm v. City of Rock Hill (1964) for example, LDF persuaded the Supreme Court to dismiss all prosecutions of demonstrators who had participated in civil rights sit-ins.

The Battle for the Ballot
LDF has also consistently fought to eliminate barriers to full political participation by all Americans in our nation’s democratic processes.  In 1943, Thurgood Marshall successfully persuaded the Supreme Court to rule in Smith v. Allwright that Texas’s refusal to allow African-Americans to vote in the Democratic primary election violated the 15th Amendment.  In 1965, LDF litigated to ensure against disruptions of Dr. King’s voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama shortly after the notorious “Bloody Sunday” episode, when marchers were beaten by policemen as they tried to cross the Edmund Pettis Bridge.  These events galvanized passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of our nation’s core federal civil rights statutes, which LDF and other advocates have repeatedly used to safeguard citizens’ voting rights and ensure more inclusive democratic governance.

Educating Future Defenders
On par with LDF’s achievements in the courtroom and on Capitol Hill, LDF is the preeminent constitutional training ground for lawyers committed to racial justice and equal opportunity.  LDF alumni have gone on to prominent positions in public service, and include a Supreme Court Justice, an Attorney General, the second African-American Governor since Reconstruction, members of Congress, Solicitors General, numerous judges, high-ranking members of the Justice Department, key presidential advisors, leading academics, founders and leaders of prominent non-profits, and foundation, corporate, and philanthropic executives.  Among our former cooperating attorneys is President Barack Obama.  Additionally, through its scholarship and fellowship programs, LDF has helped over 4,000 exceptional students to graduate from many of the nation’s best colleges, universities, and law schools.