MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The first black U.S. attorney in the state of Alabama was swornin Friday.
History is made this afternoon in Mobile.The first black U.S.Attorney in Alabama, Kenyen Brown, took office. At this moment intime, Brown's colleagues say no other person is more capable.
"I know you got what it takes. I know you are going to do greatthings. And you are going to make a difference in this world,"saidretired Judge Lynn Clerdy Bright.
But no one could be prouder than his own parents.
"I tell the people all the time, I would not want his life to goon without being his father, and he has given us many happy times,"said father Julius Brown.
Brown becomes the first black U.S. attorney in the state on thesame day a civil rights pioneer was born, Dr. Martin Luther KingJr.
"It's an honor and I think Alabama has come a long way," saidBrown.
But Brown says regardless of race, he is ready to see thatjustice is served based on the law alone.
"My commitment is to continue the great legacy of justice inthis community, to seek the truth, and to be a servant for thepeople. We are open for business," Brown said.
Brown was recommended to the post by U.S. Representative ArturDavis.
Brown graduated from the University of Alabama and went to lawschool at the University of Tennessee.
Upon graduating from law school, Brown moved to Montgomery,Alabama to work as an Assistant District Attorney for the 15thJudicial Circuit. He moved to Mobile shortly after, accepting aposition as an Assistant United States Attorney for the SouthernDistrict of Alabama, where he prosecuted drug offenses and generalcrimes.
Immediately prior to his recent appointment, Brown spent thepast ten years working for the ethics committees of the U.S. Senateand the House of Representatives. President Barack Obama nominatedBrown on August 6, 2009. He was confirmed by the Senate on November21, 2009 and entered to serve December 4, 2009. He took the oath ofoffice January 15, 2010.
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