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Loretta Lynch: the first African-American Attorney General

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Loretta Elizabeth Lynch is the new United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. On April 23, 2015, Lynch was confirmed by the Senate by a 56-43 vote, making her the first African-American woman to serve in this position.

Born May 21, 1959, as a child, she spent hours with her father, watching court proceedings in the courthouse of Durham, North Carolina. Her early fascination with court proceedings was compounded by stories of her grandfather, also a pastor, who in the 1930s helped people move to the north to escape persecution under the Jim Crow laws of the time.

Ms. Lynch began her career in the Eastern District in 1990, after working as a litigation associate for a leading New York firm. Ms. Lynch served as Chief of the Long Island Office from 1994 to 1998, after serving as the Deputy Chief of General Crimes and as Chief of Intake and Arraignments for the district. While in the Long Island Office she was the lead prosecutor in a series of trials involving allegations of public corruption in the Long Island town of Brookhaven.

During her first tenure as U.S. Attorney, Ms. Lynch was a member of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, serving as Co-Chair of the White Collar Crime Subcommittee. She was a frequent instructor for the Department of Justice in their Criminal Trial Advocacy Program and served as an Adjunct Professor at St. John’s University School of Law.

Before returning to the office as United States Attorney in 2010, Ms. Lynch was a partner in the New York office of Hogan & Hartson L.L.P. Her practice focused on commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense and corporate compliance issues. She continued her focus on legal education, serving on the board of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), and teaching a series of trial advocacy workshops for the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICTR.

Ms. Lynch is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Public Service Sorority.

On November 8, 2014, President Barack Obama nominated Lynch for the position of U.S. Attorney General, to succeed Eric Holder, who had previously announced his resignation. She was confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 26, 2015, and approved by the full Senate on April 23.

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Black History Month Google Doodle: Langston Hughes

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Langston Hughes

Today, February 1, is the first day of Black History Month. It is also the 113th birthday of Langston Hughes, author, poet, social activist, and leader of the 1920s Harlem Renaissance.

 

Google is celebrating by honoring the late Langston Hughes, with an awesome “Google Doodle” via YouTube. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 
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Dr. Martin Luther King – 10 of His Greatest Moments in History

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was not only a prominent American civil rights activist, but also a social reformer and an author. He is often referred to as the human rights icon since he called for equal rights for all without resorting to violence or aggression. His lifetime of service is forever ingrained in the history books of our country.

Martin Luther King Day has been a Federal holiday since January 20, 1986. Before that day, Congressman John Conyers, an African-American Democrat from Michigan, spearheaded the movement to establish a Martin Luther King day. In 1970, he convinced New York’s governor and New York City’s mayor to commemorate King’s birthday, a move that the city of St. Louis emulated in 1971. Other localities followed, but it was not until the 1980s that Congress acted on Conyers’ bill. By this time, the congressman had enlisted the help of popular singer Stevie Wonder, who released the song “Happy Birthday” for King in 1981. Mr. Conyers is now the first African-American to be named as “Dean of the Congress” as he is now the longest-serving member of the United States House of Representatives.

Today we present 10 of King’s most remarkable moments in the history of the United States.

  1. In 1954 at the young age of 25, Dr. King became the pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.

  2. Montgomery Bus Boycott: Beginning on December 1, 1955, the same day Rosa Parks was arrested, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

  3. Southern Christian Leadership Conference: Dr. King served as the first president of SCLC in 1957 and under his direction the organization peacefully helped coordinate mass protest campaigns, voter registration drives and fought for economic equality among Blacks.

  4. March on Washington: In 1963, Dr. King helped to lead over 200,000 people down Constitution and Independence Avenue to the grounds of the Lincoln Monument for a peaceful demonstration that fought for the Civil Rights of African Americans.

  5. Time Magazine’s Man of the Year: In 1963, Time magazine recognized the efforts of Dr. King as a fearless leader who fought to bring equality to America and named him their Man of the Year.

  6. Nobel Peace Prize: In 1964, Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his dynamic leadership and nonviolent approach to Civil Rights.

  7. American Liberties Medallion: in 1965 King was awarded the American Liberties Medallion by the American Jewish Committee for his “exceptional advancement of the principles of human liberty”

  8. Voting Rights Act: in 1965 this act restored and protected the right to vote.

  9. Best Spoken Word Album: in 1971, King was posthumously awarded the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for his Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam.

  10. Widely Admired People: King was second in Gallup’s List of Widely Admired People in the 20th century.

 
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