Sherrilyn Ifill

Sherrilyn Ifill is a law professor and President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. 

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Remembering Gwen Ifill: Truth Teller and Exemplar of Civility

Sherrilyn Ifill reflects on the legacy of her cousin, political journalist Gwen Ifill, who died on November 14 following a groundbreaking career that included stints at The Washington PostThe New York Times, NBC, and PBS.

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Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File Gwen Ifill attends The Women's Media Center 2015 Women's Media Awards in New York. T hose mourning Gwen Ifill’s devastating loss may remember her best as the internationally known co-anchor of the PBS NewsHour , managing editor of Washington Week and one of our nation’s great journalists. But Gwen’s real legacy lies in the values she displayed every day in her work—dedication to the truth, to civil discourse, to professionalism, and to human dignity—values our angry and divided nation needs today more than ever. My cousin, Gwen, and I were the daughters of two immigrant brothers, who were driven by their faith in God, their love for family, for black people, and by their ambition and determination. They also believed deeply in the idea of America—even with all its flaws, and they made us, their many children, believe in it too. The children in our families were both raised watching every political convention (for both parties) and every...