Biden, Harris discuss “racial equity across the board” with civil rights leaders

U.S. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Tuesday discussed “racial equity across the board” with civil rights leaders.

“They discussed their joint priorities including advancing racial equity across the board, enforcing civil rights, and assembling a diverse White House and Cabinet that represents America,” noted a readout of their virtual meeting.

“They expressed the need to make sure the public knows the historic nature of many of the president-elect’s diverse nominees and the need to galvanize the community around making sure that the Senate confirms them.”

Joined by Congressman Cedric Richmond, President-elect Biden thanked the leaders for meeting with him, for their support and counsel over the years, and expressed the desire that this was the first of an ongoing relationship with his administration.

The president-elect was joined by Melanie L. Campbell, President & CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation & Convener, Black Women’s Roundtable; Kristen Clarke, President & Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; Sherrilyn Ifill, President & Director Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense Fund; Vanita Gupta, President and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights; Derrick Johnson, President and CEO, NAACP; Marc Morial, CEO, National Urban League and Rev. Al Sharpton, President and Founder, National Action Network.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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