The Southern Poverty Law Center
Fighting Hate. Teaching Tolerance. Seeking Justice.


Our Mission

The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society.  Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the Center works toward the day when the ideals of justice and equal opportunity will be a reality for all people.


About the SPLC

Founded by civil rights lawyers Morris Dees and Joseph Levin Jr. in 1971, the SPLC is internationally known for tracking and exposing the activities of hate groups. Our innovative Teaching Tolerance program produces and distributes — free of charge — documentary films, reports, lesson plans, and other materials that promote acceptance and respect in our nation’s schools.

Since our founding, we’ve won numerous landmark legal victories on behalf of the exploited, the powerless, and the forgotten.

Our lawsuits have worked against institutional racism in the South, helped stamp out remnants of Jim Crow segregation, bankrupted some of the nation’s most violent white supremacist groups, and won justice for exploited workers, abused prison inmates, children with disabilities, and other targets of discrimination.

We’re excited to work with you as we continue our work into the decades to come.