This Day in Black History: Jan. 19, 1977

Clifford Alexander Jr. named Secretary of the U.S. Army.    

Posted: 01/19/2012 08:46 AM EST
Clifford Alexander Jr.

Clifford Alexander Jr. was named Secretary of the U.S. Army by President Jimmy Carter on this day. He was the first African-American to hold the position.


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