|Senator Bob Dole, awarded for his role in civil and human rights. Photo CD Brown.|
Also honored was former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Holder was the 82nd, and first African American attorney general serving under the first African American U.S. president Barack Obama, since 2009. Holder came under fire for his stance on Benghazi, the Ferguson investigation and as of late, the so-called war on police.
|Eric Holder and Laura Murphy (in red) pose for pictures after the |
Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights awards dinner. Photo/CD Brown.
In his acceptance speech Holder pointed out what he sees as his successes, saying to the audience that more had been done during his tenure as attorney general than at any other time in history. He is known for taking on the issues. Among them, the voting rights act, stop and frisk policies, and harsh and unequal drug sentencing practices.
"If that isn't justice, then you show me what is", he said.
Still oponents, like Republican senator Ted Cruz, refer to Holder as "the most partisan attorney general in our history, repeatedly defying and refusing to enforce the law."
Holder resigned earlier this year and is succeeded by Attorney General Loretta Lynch who recently launched a police probe into the death of unarmed Baltimore resident Freddie Gray.
Her family started Baltimore's Afro newspaper.