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Tanya Prat, alumna of Spelman and Howard, becomes Indiana’s 1st Black federal judge

Indiana’s first African-American federal judge has taken the seat once occupied by an equal opportunity champion best known for ordering the desegregation of Indianapolis public schools.

Tanya Walton Pratt, 51, was sworn in Friday to the U.S. District Court seat formerly filled by Judge S. Hugh Dillin, who ordered thousands of black students from Indianapolis Public Schools to attend township schools in the early 1980s