In light of COVID-19 issues, this year Black History Month is recognized by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia with internal virtual discussions on the national theme, “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.”
“Our office will continue to recognize the proud traditions and rich history of the African American community while recognizing the challenging realities, past and present, that black Americans have experienced,” said Raj Parekh, the district’s acting US attorney in a prepared statement .
Parekh is the first colored person to lead the district in its more than 200-year history, and the office’s senior management team has grown in diversity in recent years, with half of the 10 positions now held by women and minorities .
The district serves 6 million people stretching from Northern Virginia through Central Virginia and Richmond east to Tidewater. It is one of the most famous districts in the country – prosecuting and defending national and international cases involving national security, violent crime, immigration, public corruption, drug trafficking, cyber intrusions, fraud and civil rights.
According to a press release, the district has recognized Black History Month for more than 25 years. Parekh said the district is dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion in all forms through recruitment, advancement and outreach.