During his confirmation hearing for U.S. attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions faced questions about his record on issues of race and civil rights.

Allegations of racism contributed to the downfall of Sessions’ 1986 bid for a federal judgeship before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the same committee he is seeking approval from to move forward as attorney general. But this time around, black leaders are coming out to defend Sessions’ character and his record on race and civil rights.

Watch the video to hear why these African-Americans are going out of their way to defend his legacy.