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A key civil rights figure in Washington is stepping down after 20 years at the helm of one the nation's oldest civil rights organizations.

Wade Henderson of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights said on Wednesday that he would retire as that organization's chief at the end of next year.

"This announcement is just one step on a very long path in ensuring the long-term health, integrity and effectiveness of the Leadership Conference and its coalition of more than 200 civil rights groups," Henderson stated. "There's an unmistakable generational transition happening in the civil and human rights movement," he added said, perhaps referring to newer groups, such as Black Lives Matter.

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