Drew Days is appointed assistant attorney general in charge of civil rights in the U.S. Department of Justice. He is the first Black person to hold this position.
1977 (Jan 27)
U.S. Attorney General Griffin Bell selected Drew Days, a thirty-six-year-old Black lawyer, to be assistant attorney general in charge of civil rights in the U.S. Department of Justice. Days, a Florida native, graduated from the Yale University Law School in 1966. In 1970, he took a position as an attorney with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF), which handles legal matters for the parent organization. The appointment made Days the first Black person ever to oversee civil rights enforcement and also the first Black assistant attorney general in American history.