Civil Rights Leader Wade Henderson to Testify at Garland Confirmation Hearing

Media 02.23,21

February 23, 2021
Contact: Stephen Peters, [email protected]

WASHINGTON — Wade Henderson, interim president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, will testify today before the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination to serve as Attorney General of the United States. 

“This nation needs a Justice Department that will do everything in its power to provide equal justice and fight for voting rights, police reform, criminal justice, LBGTQ equality, disability rights, environmental justice, reproductive freedom, the rights of working people, and other pressing civil and human rights issues,” Wade Henderson will testify. “We need an attorney general who will reinstate DOJ’s historic commitment to integrity, independence, and vigorous civil rights enforcement. Judge Garland would be such an attorney general, and is a fitting choice to lead the Justice Department at this crucial moment. We urge the Senate to confirm him as soon as possible.”

Henderson’s full testimony is available here.

The Leadership Conference earlier this week released a letter signed by 59 civil rights organizations urging the Senate to consider and confirm Judge Merrick Garland as Attorney General of the United States. The organizations also urged Senators to ask Judge Garland questions during the confirmation process about his views on a full array of civil rights and criminal-legal policy matters. 

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 220 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit