- Advocate of racial preferences in employment and college admissions
- Executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
- Former Washington Bureau Director of the NAACP
Wade Henderson is the executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR). He was formerly the Washington Bureau Director of the NAACP. Henderson has been a critic of the Bush adminstration's homeland security initiatives and its war on terror. Moreover, he has been a longtime, avid supporter of affirmative action and the racial preferences that go hand-in-hand with it. In the late 1990s, Henderson led the LCCR's efforts to defeat a number of bills proposing the elimination of affirmative action in higher education and government contracting. Henderson's support of affirmative action is in stark contradiction to his professed devotion to the principle of equal treatment under the law for all people. "I think that Americans understand intuitively," he says, "that equal treatment under law is a principle that should be guaranteed to us all. And so when someone argues that they've been discriminated against and can make a compelling case, which makes it obvious that it's true, I think that most Americans believe that when there's a wrong, there should be a right...a way of correcting that wrong."