Sessions Promises to Protect Civil Rights While Retreating From Key Voting Rights Case

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions marked the final day of Black History Month on Tuesday by paying homage to the role of the Justice Department in ending the era of segregation. Invoking his own childhood in rural Alabama, he remarked on how far the country has come from the days of segregated schools, discrimination in hiring, and the disenfranchisement of African Americans.

“The Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act went pivotal points in our history,” Sessions said, addressing a modest gathering in the Justice Department headquarters prior to a film screening. “A huge part of that progress was a direct result of the dedicated and principled work of this Department of Justice.”

His brief remarks, however, stood in