Next to the White House, the most talked-about federal entity in my world of the '50s and '60s was the Justice Department. Few editions of the Washington Afro American newspaper or weekly Jet magazine failed to contain mention of a DOJ action in civil rights enforcement. Bring up the scourge of discrimination, and Justice was there, or so it seemed.
The Justice Department's role in promoting equal justice for all was, and remains, indispensable.
Which draws attention to President-elect Donald Trump's nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., to the position of attorney general of the United States. Confirmation hearings are scheduled for next week.
It was no small moment when NAACP protesters, led by their national president, Cornell Brooks, staged a sit-in and got arrested Tuesday at Sessions's Mobile, Alabama, office. Or when more than 1,100 professors from 170 law schools in 48 states wrote to urge the Senate to reject Sessions.