Powerful Appeals Court Appoints First Black Chief
October 3, 2016
For the first time, the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will name a black man, Roger Gregory, its Chief Judge. The appointment is more striking for its background: the appeals court building was home to the offices of the Confederate President Jefferson Davis during the Civil War. “I’m proud of how far our nation has come,” Gregory said in an AP interview. “We have a ways to go, but we have come a long ways too.” Gregory was appointed by President Bill Clinton, and reappointed by George W. Bush. In the AP interview, Gregory discusses his education in segregated schools, how the Fourth Circuit has changed during his tenure, and his alternative career as an actor.
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