President-elect Joe Biden reaffirmed his commitment to racial justice and pledge to create an administration that reflects the diversity of America during a meeting with civil rights leaders Tuesday, said Marc Morial, the president of the National Urban League.
He told reporters after the meeting that the civil rights leaders "heard the reaffirmation of a commitment by President-elect Biden to make history when it comes to appointments" by selecting more Black and Latino people for his administration than any before.
"We pushed very hard on that. We will continue to push very hard on that. It is central to, we think, his ability to make progress on racial justice," Morial said.
Asked about prospects for attorney general, civil rights leaders said they want to see Biden select a Black appointee or someone with what Kristen Clarke, president of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, called "a clear and bold record when it comes to civil rights and racial justice."
Attendees, though, said they did not offer or discuss names of potential nominees.
Sherrilyn Ifill, the president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, specifically named former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who once helmed the Justice Department's civil rights division, and Sally Yates, the former deputy attorney general. One person whose name did not come up, but who prosecuted the Ku Klux Klan members responsible for the 1963 Birmingham church bombing that killed four Black girls, is outgoing Alabama Sen. Doug Jones.
Morial said he was "looking for the profile of Eric Holder, and a preference for an African American, civil rights-focused attorney general."