ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – Former President Jimmy Carter was emotional as he accepted an award recognizing his appointment of a large number of minority and female judges to the federal judiciary during his presidency.

The Just the Beginning Foundation honored Carter Thursday with its Trailblazer Legend Award. Three people appointed by Carter spoke before the award was presented and thanked him for his courage. They said he changed the face of the federal judiciary to more accurately reflect the diversity of the country’s population.

Carter said he was “really overwhelmed and embarrassed” as he accepted the award. He said any credit goes to the people he appointed and the good work they’ve done.

During his four years in office, Carter appointed 57 minority judges and 41 female judges to the federal judiciary.

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