Attorneys Debo Adegbile, left, and John Payton with the Legal Defense and Education Fund of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People walk down the steps in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. / Alex Brandon, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Not every child actor grows up to be a high-ranking Justice Department official, but Debo P. Adegbile has a chance to do just that.
Adegbile, who appeared on Sesame Street during the 1970s, has been nominated to be the new assistant attorney general for civil rights; President Obama submitted the nomination to the Senate on Monday.
If confirmed, Adegbile would replace Tom Perez, the new secretary of labor.
The Los Angeles Times reported on Adegbile's previous career:
"When he was 4 or 5, a friend noticed an ad seeking children to audition for Sesame Street. Adegbile landed the job and played the part of Debo, a child of the Sesame Street neighborhood, until high school.
"(Friend Ryan) Haygood said (Adegbile) had 'fond memories of Grover and Cookie Monster' and of meeting Ray Charles during a guest appearance by the singer."
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