His nomination was bitterly contested and denounced by conservative Republicans.
Released in 2010, "The New Jim Crow" outlines the use of the justice system in the United States as a form of racial control that especially impacts young African American males.
"If anything good is to come, this is the time to build a movement," said national NAACP spokesman Eric Wingerter this weekend as his organization gathered for its national convention.
Thousands poured out in for the Historic Thousands of Jones Street rally with the theme "Forward Together, Not One Step Back."
They came to celebrate election victories in Ohio and across the country, the surging recall campaign in Wisconsin and the spreading Occupy movement.