Obama Powwows with Civil Rights Leaders

Justin Sink, The Hill, November 5, 2014

President Obama huddled with top civil rights leaders at the White House on Wednesday, hours after his party lost control of the Senate.

The meeting included a discussion of ObamaCare implementation, education and criminal justice issues, according to a White House official.


Attendees at the meeting included NAACP President Cornell Brooks, National Urban League President Marc Morial and Rev. Al Sharpton.


Other civil rights leaders in the meeting included National Coalition on Black Civic Participation President Melanie Campbell, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights President Wade Henderson and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund President Sherrilyn Ifill.

The White House official did not say if the president discussed the replacement candidates for Attorney General Eric Holder during the meeting.

In a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Obama said, “We have a number of outstanding candidates who we’re taking a look at now” but that a nomination would come “in due course.”


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