Wednesday, July 20, 2011

John R. Burleigh 2d, civil rights activist, dies

The Baltimore Sun
July 19, 2011By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

He helped organize the 1963 demonstration at Gwynn Oak Park and participated in the historic March on Washington

He was a 1943 graduate of Wiley H. Bates High School in Annapolis, and attended Howard University in Washington. He later earned a degree in urban planning and urban administration from Antioch College

Mr. Burleigh had been executive director of Maryland Project Equality for six years and had worked for the Social Security Administration before joining the city Department of Housing and Community Development in 1974 as an equal employment opportunity officer.

It was Mr. Burleigh who developed the agency's affirmative-action plan, its first, which was approved by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development in 1975.

The plan established goals and timetables for improving minority and female employment, expanded procurement of supplies and purchase of services from minority firms, and urged third-party contractors to adhere to affirmative-action procedures.

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