Today's Date: January 22, 2021
S'moresUp Integrates Google Classroom to Help Parents Monitor, Track and Automate Kids' Schoolwork Alongside Housework   •   TOMORROW: Austin Virtual School Fair to Bring Families Their School Choices, Make Applying Easier   •   Institute for Justice to Bring Families a Virtual School Choice Week Celebration   •   Computer science instruction bill introduced in Mississippi State Legislature   •   Peter Mutabazi And Starlight Children's Foundation Partner To Deliver Hospital Gowns To Sick Kids   •   TOMORROW: Buckle Up for a Drive-Thru Scavenger Hunt Celebrating National School Choice Week   •   Gynesonics Announces That Detroit Medical Center Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital has Introduced Sonata, A New Innovative, Incision-F   •   Athleta Adds Extended Sizing to 350 Styles in Its 200 Stores and Online   •   ShopOne Announces pOpshelf Coming to Conyers Commons   •   American Eagle Outfitters Announces Its Real Power. Real Growth. Plan   •   CBC Mortgage Agency Supports HUD's DACA Policy Update   •   Ørsted Pro-NJ Grantor Trust Announces Funds for Small, Woman-Owned and Minority-Owned Businesses and Coastal Resiliency P   •   Curtsy Raises $11M To Scale Clothing Resell App for Gen Z   •   1 Habit Press Releases the Ultimate Play Book for Life - 1 Habit to Thrive in a Post-Covid World   •   Luxury Card Announces New Partnership With AMOREPACIFIC in the US   •   Corporate Social Responsibility Related News Releases and Story Ideas for Reporters, Bloggers and Media Outlets   •   Technological Innovation Required to Fill Gap in Indoor Navigation for Blind, Finds Strategy Analytics   •   Kia Rio Wins 2021 Vincentric Best Value in America Award   •   Government of Canada Invests in Dementia Data and Community-based Projects   •   Let the Countdown Begin! One Year Until Special Olympics World Winter Games Kazan 2022
Bookmark and Share

NAACP Legal Defense Praises Confirmation Vote

WASHINGTON -- The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) praised the U.S. Senate’s vote to confirm James E. Graves, Jr. to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The Fifth Circuit is the federal appellate court for Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. James Graves is the first African-American judge from Mississippi ever to serve on the Fifth Circuit.

“This is a historic vote for the diversity of the federal courts,” states Leslie Proll, Director of LDF’s Washington Office. “Although Mississippi has the highest percentage of African Americans of any state in the country, the state has never been represented by an African American on the Fifth Circuit.”

The Graves confirmation represents important progress on judicial nominations. In recent years, Mississippi has been “ground zero” in the battle over judicial nominations; some of the most contentious nominations during the Bush Administration came from this state. According to Leslie Proll, “Today’s vote represents a sea change. James Graves is truly a consensus candidate; he is strongly supported by civil rights organizations and the two Republican Senators from Mississippi, Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker.”

LDF is hopeful that today’s historic vote signals the beginning of a bipartisan effort to address the vacancy crisis on the federal bench. According to John Payton, LDF’s President and Director-Counsel, “With 100 vacancies to fill, the Senate should be confirming judges every week as part of its regular business. We expect to see many judicial confirmations this session. Nothing is more important to the administration of our justice system.”

 

 


STORY TAGS: BLACK NEWS, AFRICAN AMERICAN NEWS, MINORITY NEWS, CIVIL RIGHTS NEWS, DISCRIMINATION, RACISM, RACIAL EQUALITY, BIAS, EQUALITY, AFRO AMERICAN NEWS

Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News