Al Sharpton Advocates for Diversity on Delaware Supreme Court

FILE – In this June 18, 2015 file photo, Rev. Al Sharpton addresses the media during a news conference at the National Action Network headquarters in New York. AP Photo/Kevin Hagen, File

Civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton has praised the appointment of an African American woman to the Delaware Supreme Court but says more needs to be done to increase diversity in the state’s judiciary.

The Delaware News Journal reports Sharpton spoke Thursday at a church in Wilmington. He commended Gov. John Carney for appointing Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves to be an associate justice. If confirmed, she would be the first black judge to serve on the state Supreme Court.

Sharpton says that before the appointment he had planned to challenge the governor to create diversity on the court.

Carney has also nominated Justice Collins Seitz Jr. to become chief justice of the court, replacing retiring Leo Strine Jr. The state Senate is expected to consider Carney’s nominations Nov. 7.

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Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com