The Artist: Ella Rose Whitaker (Austin, TX)
Ella Rose Whitaker is a multi-faceted independent makeup artist, designer, and freelance photographer based in Austin, Texas. Ella's many talents involve a great deal of personal interaction within her community. Through photoshoots, makeup work, or design commissions, Ella is able to make deep connections with her fellow Austin-ites one person at a time.
The Charity: NAACP Legal Defense Fund (New York, NY)
Established ion 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (NAACP LDF) is America's premier non-profit legal organization fighting for racial justice through litigation, advocacy, and public education.
LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans. LDF also tirelessly defends the gains and protections won over the past 80 years of civil rights struggle and works to improve the quality and diversity of judicial and executive appointments.
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.