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53 Years of


  • The National Conference of Black Lawyers (NCBL) is an association of lawyers, scholars, judges, legal workers, law students, and legal activists. 

  • We exist for the purpose of enhancing our professional strength and skill for the benefit of the Black community in its struggle for full social political and economic rights.

  • We seek to utilize the vehicles of the law to advance the fight against racism (white supremacy) and the inequities it produces.

  • We produce justice. 

"A luta continua; vitória é certa!"
"The struggle continues; victory is certain!"

Welcome to NCBL! Checkmate.

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Human Rights Violations in the United States

by Lennox S. Hinds

Lennox S. Hinds is a retired Professor Emeritus of Law and former Chair of the Administration of Justice Program, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.


  • A graduate of The City College of New York and Rutgers Law School, he was awarded the law school’s J. Skelly Wright Award for his contribution to civil rights.

  • He was a Charles H. Revson Fellow, Center for Legal Education and Urban Policy, City College of New York 1979-1980.

  • In addition to his practice as a criminal defense and international human rights lawyer, he was Nelson Mandela’s US attorney and counsel in the US to the Government of South Africa, the African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa, and (SWAPO) of Namibia.

  • He is the Permanent Representative to the United Nations for the International Association of Democratic Lawyers.

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Distinguished Professor Emerita

History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies

University of California, Santa Cruz

"An essential resource when it was first published in 1978, Lennox Hinds’ new edition of Illusions of Justice reminds us of the importance of combining local and international legal resistance with ongoing movement organizing.


Progressive legal workers, scholars and activists alike will appreciate the valuable historical context offered by this text for those of us involved in contemporary battles against racist and heteropatriarchal state violence."


Professor of Law Emeritus

Seton Hall Law School

". . . a superb resource for all scholars, practitioners and activists interested in civil and human rights in America and throughout the world. Thoroughly researched and persuasively argued."

ILLUSIONS OF JUSTICE is an adaptation of the Legal Petition submitted to the United Nations on December 11, 1978, the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United States, on behalf of Petitioners.


Proceeds from the sale of the hardcover book are being donated to the National Conference of Black Lawyers.


Ph.D., Professor Criminal Justice

Rutgers University, USA

"Illusions of Justice remains an important resource for scholars, researchers, and lawyers – as well as activists.


Likewise, it continues to provide substantial guidance for the civil rights and human rights movements . . .


I plan to consult the work while writing my own book on political imprisonment.


Moreover, the added chapters (i.e., Death Penalty, Abuse of Power by Police) further bolster the vast volume of cases."

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Black Family Summit

Many of you were justly outraged last year when news reports exposed the inhumane treatment of Haitian immigrants at the U.S. – Mexico border.

This is your opportunity

to give aid to Our Haitian

Brothers & Sisters

facing displacement.


“L’Union Fait La Force”

“Unity Makes Strength”