RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the country still suffers from racial inequality in everything from unemployment to the length of prison terms.
Holder spoke at a conference in Raleigh to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of pioneering civil rights group the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.
Georgia congressman John Lewis said civil rights veterans should act as a counterbalance to the conservative Tea Party movement. Lewis is a former chairman of the organization and told the crowd the commitment they showed as young people is still needed.
Holder is the nation's first black attorney general. He told the conference he wants to help erase disparities that create persistent suspicions the legal system is tilted against nonwhites.