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Kristen Clarke Becomes First Black Woman to Lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division

by Quincy Thomas
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The U.S. Senate on Tuesday narrowly confirmed Kristen Clarke as the head of the Justice Department’s civil rights division. Clarke, a longtime civil rights attorney, is the first woman and the first Black woman to lead the division, which was established in 1957, according to NPR. She is expected to oversee investigations into issues including police misconduct and restrictive voting laws, USA Today reports.


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