Executive Order 8802 The order that started the Pursuit of equal rights

The executive order 8806 supported the idea of equal rights between defense jobs i.e. Military "There is evidence available that needed workers have been barred from industries engaged in defense production solely because of considerations of race, creed, color or national origin, to the detriment of workers' morale and of national unity."

The order was a response to Philip Randolph, Walter White, and others involved in the March on Washington Movement who had planned a march on Washington, D.C. in 1941. These people's

The order specifically required federal agencies, and departments involved with defense production, to ensure that vocational and training programs were administered without discrimination as to "race, creed, color, or national origin."

"Whereas it is the policy of the United States to encourage full participation in the national defense program by all citizens of the United States, regardless of race, creed, color, or national origin, in the firm belief that the democratic way of life within the Nation can be defended successfully only with the help and support of all groups within its borders;"

The government did not end segregation in the armed forces until 1948, when President Harry S. Truman issued an Executive Order to do so.

In 1943, Executive Order 9346 was issued, expanding the coverage of order 8806 to federal agencies carrying out regular government programs and returning it to independent status. Following the end of World War II, the Committee was terminated by statute in 1945.


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