Monday, April 8, 2013

Neil Shapiro: Roots of affirmative action

Monterey County Herald

Updated: 04/06/2013 09:14:47 PM PDT

The phrase "affirmative action" is commonly credited to President Kennedy's 1961 executive order that created the Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity and mandated that projects financed with federal funds "take affirmative action" to ensure hiring and employment practices are free of racial bias.
In a 1965 speech to the graduating class at Howard University, President Lyndon Johnson framed the concept — that recognition of legal equality alone does not suffice to remedy the consequences of past racial discrimination.

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