Advocacy comes in many forms and the large group of women present at the confirmation hearing for attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch, was a true demonstration of advocacy in action.
At the Senate Judiciary hearing chaired by Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Ohio), U.S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch was the epitome of great intellect, a solid knowledge base, strong family values, and a sense of self and purpose that could not be warped by stinging questions.
This was a great opportunity for American History classes to tune in to see the circuitous actions of Committee members and to witness the undaunted strength of a strong Black woman who meets all the qualifications to be attorney general of the world’s greatest democracy.
One could imagine that the daring spirit of Harriet Tubman, the determination of Mary Church Terrell, the boldness of Mary McLeod Bethune, and the superlative social justice consciousness of Dorothy I. Height were evident in Loretta Lynch’s diplomacy, keen answers and indescribable composure.
Majority members Orrin Hatch(R-UT), Jeff Sessions(R-AL),Lindsay Graham(R-SC),John Cornyn(R-TX),Michael Lee(R-UT),Ted Cruz(R-TX),Jeff Flake(R-AZ), David Vitter(R-LA), David Perdue(R-GA), and Thom Tillis(R-NC) never let up in piercing questions , many attempting to test her independence.
Hats off to Senators Leahy, Feinstein, Schumer, Durbin, Whitehouse, Klobuchart, Franken, Coons, and Blumenthal whose statements and questions allowed the Judiciary Committee to see the depth and breadth of Ms. Lynch’s experiences. When she is confirmed, she will be the first African-American woman to serve as attorney general of the United States of America.
Advocacy must never die!!!!
Submitted by the Coalition of 100 Black Women.