The Tougaloo College Board of Trustees and 

President Carmen J. Walters

are pleased to announce the establishment of the

The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr. 

Endowed Scholarship

to provide scholarships for the

Reuben V. Anderson Institute for Social Justice

Public Policy Program.


 The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr., Esq.

The 82nd United States Attorney General and 

2021 Tougaloo College Commencement Speaker


Founding Members of the Endowment


The Honorable Reuben V. Anderson, Esq.

Senior Partner, Phelps Dunbar Law Firm


Patricia W. Bennett, Esq.

Dean, Mississippi College School of Law


Shirlethia V. Franklin, Esq.

Partner, Jones Day Law Firm


Robert L. Gibbs, Esq.

Senior Partner, Gibbs-Travis Law Firm


For more information about ways to give, please visit

or contact Ms. Sanette L. Langston, Director for Development







The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr., Esq.

Eric Holder advises clients on complex investigations and litigation matters, including those that are international in scope and involve significant regulatory enforcement issues and substantial reputational concerns. Mr. Holder, who was a partner at Covington from 2001 to 2009, rejoined the firm after serving for six years as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States. 


Before his service as Attorney General, Mr. Holder maintained a wide-ranging investigations and litigation practice at Covington. Among numerous significant engagements, he led the firm’s representation of a major multi-national agricultural company in related civil, criminal, and investigative matters; acted as counsel to a special investigative committee of the board of directors of a Fortune 50 technology company; successfully tried a complex discrimination lawsuit on behalf of a leading financial services company; and represented several life sciences companies in litigation and investigations. 


Mr. Holder served as Attorney General from February 2009 to April 2015. As the third longest serving Attorney General in U.S. history and the first African American to hold that office, Mr. Holder is an internationally recognized leader across a broad range of regulatory enforcement, criminal justice, and national security issues. In 2014, Time magazine named Mr. Holder to its list of 100 Most Influential People, noting that he had “worked tirelessly to ensure equal justice.” 


Including his tenure as Attorney General, Mr. Holder has served in government for more than thirty years, having been appointed to various positions requiring U.S. Senate confirmation by Presidents Obama, Clinton and Reagan.