Melanie Campbell, president and CEO of National Coalition on Black Civic Participation. (Courtesy Photo)

MELANIE L. CAMPBELL, PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL COALITION ON BLACK CIVIC PARTICIPATION AND CONVENER, BLACK WOMEN’S ROUNDTABLE ISSUES STATEMENT FOLLOWING U.S. SENATE CONFIRMATION OF KRISTEN CLARKE 

Washington, D.C. — On Tuesday, May 25th Melanie L. Campbell, President & CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) and Convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Senate confirmation of Kristen Clarke to serve as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice:
On behalf of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and Black Women’s Roundtable, we celebrate the historic confirmation of Kristen Clarke to serve as the Assistant Attorney General of the U. S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division, that was approved by the U. S. Senate today with a 51-48 vote.   We believe is critically important that the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ will be led by someone with a proven track record of addressing the underlying issues of social justice, equity and fairness that affects every aspect of our society— including the increasing attacks on the civil rights, voting rights, women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights of all Americans and the rise in hate crimes.
Kristen Clarke is making herstory as the first Black woman to be confirmed to lead the Civil Rights Division of DOJ. (Courtesy Photo)
Having worked with Kristen as a Civil Rights Movement colleague over the years, we know she brings an exceptional legal background and lived experience to address critical issues that disproportionately impact the lives of Black people, other people of color and underserved communities—including criminal justice, policing & sentencing reform and other major justice issues.  Further, as the tide of systemic racism and white supremacy continues to threaten communities of color, it is vital to have Ms. Clarke lead the important work of the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ that is responsible for ‘enforcing federal statues prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation and gender identity), disability, religion, familial status, national origin and citizenship status.’
It is especially gratifying that Kristen Clarke is making herstory as the first Black woman to be confirmed to lead the Civil Rights Division of DOJ. We look forward to working alongside Assistant Attorney General Clarke and her colleagues to bring justice back to the DOJ and ‘ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.’
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