National Conference of Black Lawyers

The National Conference of Black Lawyers (NCBL) is an American association, formed in 1968, to offer legal assistance to black civil rights activists. NCBL is made up of judgeslaw studentslawyers, legal activists, legal workers, and scholars.

Noted clients included Angela DavisAssata Shakur, the Attica Brothers, Geronimo PrattMumia Abu-JamalBen Chavis, and the Wilmington Ten. The organization lobbied against apartheid in South Africa.


NCBL expanded from African-American oppression to help other groups in countries like Northern Ireland, the Palestinian territoriesCubaNicaraguaGuyanaGrenada, and throughout Southern Africa.


Our mission is: "To protect human rights, to achieve self-determination of Africa and African Communities and to work in coalition to assist in ending the oppression of all peoples."


NCBL is a bar association whose primary focus is on the welfare of the Black community. 


We are the legal arm of the Movement for Black Liberation.

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


NCBL is a bar association, but its program focuses on matters of critical concern to the broader Black community.  We seek to utilize the vehicles of the law to advance the fight against racism and the inequities it produces.


National Conference of Black Lawyers

The National Conference of Black Lawyers’ mission is to:

  • Serve as the legal arm of the movement for Black Liberation

  • Protect human rights

  • Achieve self-determination of Africa and African Communities in the Diaspora

  • Work in coalition to assist in ending the oppression of all peoples.


National Conference of Black Lawyers

  • Providing legal support to individuals and groups consistent with its mission.

  • Providing professional development support to legal workers, including lawyers, legal assistants, law students and others involved in work consistent with its mission.

  • Developing and participating in delegations to national and international conferences or programs that address issues pertaining to the organization’s mission.

  • Creating educational programs for the public on matters of concern consistent with the organization’s mission.

  • Working in coalition and cooperation with other organizations, groups, and individuals who support the principles and mission of the NCBL.


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