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This Day in Black History: Dec. 5, 1946

This Day in Black History: Dec. 5, 1946

President Harry Truman establishes the Committee on Civil Rights to evaluate the state of civil rights in the United States.

Published December 5, 2011

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President Harry Truman signed Executive Order No. 9808, establishing the President’s Committee on Civil Rights in 1946. The committee was to evaluate the state of civil rights, and make recommendations "with respect to the adoption or establishment, by legislation or otherwise, of more adequate and effective means and procedures for the protection of the civil rights of the people of the United States." Among those recommendations was to create a law prohibiting discrimination or segregation on public transportation.

Written by Britt Middleton

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