Meet Darcel Clark, New York’s First Black Female District Attorney
2016 is already pulling out some wins for Black girls! Saturday afternoon, history was made at Lehman College when Darcel Clark was officially inaugurated as the Bronx district attorney.
Clark is the first Black female district attorney in the history of New York and it looks like she’s ready to hit the ground running.
After winning her seat by a landslide in the November election with 85.58 percent of the vote, Clark started making plans to increase the efficiency of the DA’s office. She also plans to focus on gun violence, police-community relations, and government corruption.
Clark’s resume is just as impressive as her historic win. She spent over 16 years as a judge in Manhattan and the Bronx.
Working in the Bronx DA’s office from 1986 until she was appointed as a judge for the New York City Criminal Court in 1999. Then in 2004 she was appointed as an acting judge for the New York State Supreme Court, and became a designated associate justice in 2012 for the court’s appellate division.
Clark is immensely proud of her newest milestone and is happy to inspire young women everywhere. At the ceremony on Saturday she said, “I can say to any little girl, you know, if you work really hard, you can go on to law school, you can become an Assistant District Attorney, you can become a judge and then you can become District Attorney of the Bronx.”
Growing up in the Soundview housing projects, Clark has remained connected to her roots and will be doing her work in the home she’s always known.
Mayor Bill de Blasio praised Clark’s dedication to working hard in her own backyard, “She chose to serve the public because she remembered where she came from.”