The Washington Informer
This Week in Black History - Week of Sept. 24 - Sept. 30
Written by Robert Taylor
September 24, 1965 - President Lyndon Johnson issues what is generally considered the nation’s first affirmative action order - Executive Order #11246. It required companies receiving federal construction contracts to ensure equality in the hiring of minorities. Despite a disastrous war in Vietnam, which would eventually force his resignation, the Southern-born Johnson generally supported a host of legislative and executive efforts beneficial to Blacks.