Justice Department Official Attends Civil Rights Summit

Brian Kelly

EAST ST. LOUIS,Il (KMOX)-Just days before the Martin Luther King Junior Memorial is dedicated in Washington, the Justice Department’s Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights heard from metro east citizens and civil leaders about today’s civil rights concerns.

Many of those who spoke during the Civil Rights Summit spoke of equal access to education, jobs and the problem of black on black crime.

Tom Perez says the country’s come a long way in the struggle for equal opportunity, but it still has a long way to go, “There are still people, for instance, who commit horrific hate crimes. There are still glass ceiling problems in the workplace for women, for minorities. We see discrimination against a number of religious communities on the rise.”

Perez says regrettably, business in the DOJ’s Civil Rights division is booming.

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