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James F. Holmes, the first-ever person of color to oversee the U.S. head count, stands inside his office at the Census Bureau's former headquarters in Suitland, Md., in 1998, when Holmes served as acting director for about nine months. Juana Arias/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Census Directors Were All White Until James F. Holmes Stepped In

For more than 200 years, the census was overseen by white leaders. Holmes' 1998 stint as acting director blazed a trail for Biden's pick, who may become the count's first permanent director of color.

Mexican fishermen tend to their nets on Playa Bagdad (Bagdad Beach), just south of the Texas-Mexico border. Poaching of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico is a multimillion-dollar black market. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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A Battle On The Gulf Pits The Coast Guard Against Mexican Red Snapper Poachers

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In the podcast Finding D.W., host and former D.W. voice actor Jason Szwimer interviews other male actors who played Arthur's kid sister. Jason Szwimer hide caption

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A New Podcast Explores Why 'Arthur' The Aardvark's Sister D.W. Was Voiced By Boys

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James F. Holmes, the first-ever person of color to oversee the U.S. head count, stands inside his office at the Census Bureau's former headquarters in Suitland, Md., in 1998, when Holmes served as acting director for about nine months. Juana Arias/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Census Directors Were All White Until James F. Holmes Stepped In

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