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Wade Henderson, Esq.
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Wade Henderson is the president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund.

The Leadership Conference is the nation's premier civil and human rights coalition, charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. Through advocacy and outreach to targeted constituencies, The Leadership Conference works toward the goal of a more open and just society. The Education Fund builds public will for civil and human rights through campaigns that empower and mobilize civil and human rights advocates around the country to push for progressive change.

Mr. Henderson is also the Joseph L. Rauh, Jr., Professor of Public Interest Law at the David A. Clarke School of Law, University of the District of Columbia.

Mr. Henderson is well known for his expertise on a wide range of civil rights, civil liberties, and human rights issues, and is the author of numerous articles on civil rights and public policy issues. Since taking the helm of The Leadership Conference in June 1996, Mr. Henderson has worked diligently to address emerging policy issues of concern to the civil and human rights community and to strengthen the effectiveness of the coalition. Under his stewardship, The Leadership Conference has become one of the nation's most effective advocates for civil and human rights.

Mr. Henderson currently serves on the National Quality Forum Board of Directors, which seeks to improve healthcare quality through performance measurement and public reporting; the FDIC Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion, which was created in 2006 to provide the FDIC with advice and recommendations on important initiatives focused on expanding access to banking services by underserved populations; the Board of Directors of the Center for Responsible Lending, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting homeownership and family wealth by working to eliminate abusive financial practices; and the Board of Trustees of the Education Testing Service, a private, nonprofit organization devoted to educational measurement and research.

Prior to his role with The Leadership Conference, Mr. Henderson was the Washington Bureau director of the NAACP. In that capacity, he directed the government affairs and national legislative program of the NAACP.

Wade Henderson was previously the associate director of the Washington national office of the ACLU, where he began his career as a legislative counsel and advocate on a wide range of civil rights and civil liberties issues. Mr. Henderson also served as executive director of the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO).

Mr. Henderson is a graduate of Howard University and the Rutgers University School of Law. He is a member of the Bar in the District of Columbia, and the United States Supreme Court. As a tireless civil rights leader and advocate, Mr. Henderson has received countless awards and honors. He holds an honorary Doctorate in Law from Queens College School of Law, City University of New York.

He is the author of numerous articles on civil rights and public policy issues.

Entries by Wade Henderson, Esq.

Responding to Anti-Semitism With Diversity

(1) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 10:55 AM

American Jewish leaders went to last week's trans-Atlantic conference on reducing anti-Semitism hand-in-hand with American Muslims, Sikh Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and LGBT people to send a message to the world that inter-racial, inter-faith coalition-building is necessary to eradicate anti-Semitic bigotry and hate crimes.

Anti-Semitism is an...

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We'll Tell You Exactly What Valerie Jarrett Does

(16) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 4:46 PM

In Washington, D.C., it sometimes seems like no good deed goes unpunished. But these days, apparently, six years' worth of good deeds can make you a contender for Public Enemy No. 1.

That's why the recent campaign of criticism targeting senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett is, in some...

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Providing a Lifeline to Broadband Internet Access

(1) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 2:16 PM

For years, right-wing extremists and some members of Congress have sought to eliminate one of the most effective and efficient domestic policy initiatives we have: the Lifeline Program. This week is Lifeline Awareness Week and I'd like to take the opportunity to suggest a better choice: Instead of finding ways...

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Civil Rights Leaders, Past and Present, Agree: Americans Deserve Better Wages

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 2:23 PM

There's no question that a raise in the federal minimum wage is long overdue.

Most Americans agree, and it's not difficult to understand why. The cost of living in this country has risen, but wages have stagnated or their jobs have been eliminated altogether. African Americans, Latinos, and...

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9/11 Anniversary a Chance to Transcend Racial Profiling

(9) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 7:48 PM

As we commemorate the 12th anniversary of 9/11, our nation must remove the vestiges of this tragedy and put an end to racial profiling.

One of the most pernicious legacies of 9/11 has been the resurgence of racial profiling in law enforcement. Leading up to that day, a national...

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Time to Put the National Interest Ahead of Ideology, Branding

(18) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 9:51 AM

In a televised interview last week, Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas said that nothing the president offered in spending cuts could convince him to vote to raise income taxes, not even on the wealthiest Americans. Nothing, nada, zip.

In the same week, Republican Rep. Allen West of Florida explained...

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Oklahoma Would Suffer Under Ban of Programs That Expand Opportunity

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 10:03 AM

On Tuesday, Oklahoma voters will decide whether to ban programs that expand opportunity and create a broader middle class. Five states have adopted similar bans on affirmative action in education, employment, and contracting to the severe detriment of their residents and their economic future.

Simply put, states that adopt these...

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Bayard Rustin: Remembering the Legacy of a Civil Rights Pioneer

(4) Comments | Posted March 17, 2012 | 12:47 PM

One hundred years ago today, an unsung hero of the civil rights movement was born. Bayard Rustin's contributions to the world far outweighed his credits -- and his 100th birthday is an opportunity to appreciate how his lifelong fights for equality live on today.

Rustin was the key strategist in...

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Korea's Hyundai Can Fix a Human Rights Disaster in Alabama

(30) Comments | Posted March 16, 2012 | 9:09 PM

This week, we as civil rights and labor leaders are headed to the Hyundai shareholders meeting in Seoul, South Korea. We aren't going because we hold investments in Hyundai; we're going because Hyundai has a lot invested in the state of Alabama, and vice versa, and those investments are souring...

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Selma to Montgomery March Marks a New Phase for the Civil and Human Rights Movement

(2) Comments | Posted March 12, 2012 | 4:07 PM

Last week's 47th commemoration of the Bloody Sunday March of 1965 marks a new phase in the civil rights movement. It represents a turning point for people from all backgrounds, who are joining together, not only to remember our shared past, but also to fight for a shared future. It's...

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Richard Cordray: A Champion for Minority Communities

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2011 | 4:40 PM

African Americans have long been targets of financial predators, but a new agency that will protect consumers has opened its doors. President Obama's nominee to head the agency has been a true champion for minorities -- but he will face an uphill battle to be confirmed after this week, when...

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I Am Still a Man

(2) Comments | Posted April 2, 2011 | 4:23 PM

In 1968, sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee carried picket signs with four simple but powerful words: "I AM A Man." These workers -- African-American men in a segregated city -- held some of the most grueling, under-appreciated but essential jobs in our society: collecting their fellow citizens' garbage. On February...

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Georgia: On Immigration, Speeding Down a Dead-End Street

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2011 | 11:12 AM

Last year, Arizona set off a national firestorm when it passed SB 1070, legislation widely seen as unconstitutional and condemned for legitimizing racial profiling. The brand of politics that led to this law pushes all the buttons of a public legitimately frustrated with federal inaction on immigration. Sadly, it delivers...

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We Must Fix the Filibuster

(3) Comments | Posted January 7, 2011 | 12:30 PM

I was born in the nation's capital about sixty years ago. For the first quarter of my life, I lived under legal segregation. There were restaurants where I couldn't eat, hotels where I couldn't sleep, and schools that I could not attend. Racial segregation was the long established law of...

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We Marched, Now What?

(2) Comments | Posted October 13, 2010 | 2:47 PM

At the 1963 March for Jobs and Freedom, Dr. King noted that his march was not an end, but a beginning. He knew that it alone would not create the change that the country so desperately needed. His coalition of civil rights, religious groups, and labor organizations would go on...

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The U.S. Human Rights Report: Courage and Candor Are Signs of Strength

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2010 | 3:43 PM

Last year, I was part of an official U.S. delegation that met with members of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva. President Obama had just given his groundbreaking speech in Cairo, where he declared that the U.S. respects Islam and is not at war with the entire Muslim world....

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No Divisive Delays in the 2010 Census

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2009 | 5:05 PM

Like a manned mission to the moon, the nation's census requires painstaking planning, exacting execution, and a dedication to staying on schedule.

Among the endeavors dependent on an accurate census are the apportionment of the U.S. Congress and state legislatures, the disbursement of federal funds to states and localities,...

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Memo to Govs. Pawlenty and Perry: States' Rights Rhetoric Belongs In History Books, Not Headlines

(12) Comments | Posted September 25, 2009 | 2:16 PM

Rejecting the view that racial antagonism motivates some of his most overwrought opponents, President Obama has said that "anti-government" sentiment is more central to the protests against his policies.

Once again, the President has maintained his civility, while others have trouble maintaining the synapses between their mouths and their minds....

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