*WASHINGTON, D.C. – Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to resign after six years at the helm of the Department of Justice. The NAACP has released the following statement.
From Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President and CEO:
“The resignation of the most prepared and the most steadfast Attorney General, in particular in the arena of civil rights, is a moment of lament for the nation but also celebration. We celebrate his achievements but we also grieve his absence. From voting rights, civil rights to criminal justice reform, Attorney General Holder’s record from the vantage point of history and the view of citizens across the country is unassailable and will be enduring.”
From Hilary O. Shelton, Sr. Vice President for Policy and Advocacy, Washington Bureau Director:
“Attorney General Eric Holder has been the best qualified attorney general in the United States. His leadership, courage and his unrivaled commitment to justice for all people, especially communities of color will certainly be missed. The progress the Department of Justice made under his leadership, most especially on civil rights, is unlike anything we have seen in generations. As attorney general, he has never been fearful of raising the issue of race. From protecting voters from over restrictive new voting laws that disproportionately affect communities of color and the elderly, to launching 20 investigations of abuses by local police departments like Ferguson, Mo., Attorney General Eric Holder has stood up for Americans who could not stand up for themselves. We applaud his great work.”