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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Nov 20, 2020

Drew S. Days III, a lawyer who grew up in the segregated South, devoted much of his career to the cause of racial equality, and became the first African American to lead the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division died Nov. 15 at age 79, the Washington Post reports. His death was announced by Yale Law School, where he was a professor emeritus. Days spent decades seeking to advance the cause of civil rights from positions both inside and outside the government. He was a lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund before being tapped by President Jimmy Carter for the DOJ role. He also served as solicitor general under President Bill Clinton. He joined the Yale Law School faculty in 1981 and taught at the university until retiring in 2017.