President's Committee on Civil Rights

United States Presidential Commission established by President Harry Truman in 1946.

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Presidential Commission (United States)

Special task force ordained by the President to complete a specific, special investigation or research.

President's Committee on Civil Rights (1946)

Charles Luckman

American businessman, property developer, and architect known for designing landmark buildings in the United States such as the Theme Building, Prudential Tower, Madison Square Garden, and The Forum.

The Lever House in Midtown Manhattan in New York. The building is what brought Luckman back to practicing architecture.
The shops at the Hilton Hotel in Berlin, one of Pereira and Luckmans's works.
The Theme Building, designed by Luckman with William Pereira and Welton Becket.
The Aon Center in Los Angeles, which Luckman designed between 1972 and 1973 for United California Bank.

He was appointed on the President's Committee on Civil Rights during the Truman administration, as well as being the chairman of the Citizens Food Committee and the Freedom Train; both of which helped out Europe.

Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander

Pioneering Black professional and civil rights activist of the early-to-mid-Twentieth Century.

Sadie Tanner Mossell receiving PhD at the University of Pennsylvania
Sadie Tanner Mossell 1918
Sadie Alexander in 1982
This graph shows the inequality of real median US household income by race: 1967 to 2011, in 2011 dollars.
Penn Alexander public elementary school, 2016

In 1946 she was appointed to the President's Committee on Civil Rights established by Harry Truman.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr.

American lawyer, politician, and businessman.

From 1953's Pocket Congressional Directory of the Eighty-Third Congress
General C. R. Smith, Elliott Roosevelt and FDR Jr. at the Casablanca Conference
FDR Jr. with his mother and his son, FDR III, 1962
Franklin with his first wife, Ethel du Pont, September 11, 1937

He served on the President's Committee on Civil Rights in 1946 for President Harry Truman.

Morris Ernst

American lawyer and prominent attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

He also promoted an anti-communist stance within the ACLU itself, and was a member of the President's Committee on Civil Rights.

Charles Edward Wilson (businessperson)

CEO of General Electric.

Wilson (left) being sworn in
Mausoleum of Charles E. Wilson

He also served President Harry S. Truman as the chairman of the blue-ribbon President's Committee on Civil Rights in 1946 to 1947.

Henry Knox Sherrill

Episcopal bishop.

He served on the President's Committee on Civil Rights in 1946 for President Harry Truman.

James B. Carey

20th-century American labor union leader; secretary-treasurer of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) (1938–55); vice-president of AFL–CIO (from 1955); served as president of the United Electrical Workers (UE) (1936–41) but broke with it because of its alleged Communist control.

President Truman appointed Carey to the President's Committee on Civil Rights in 1946.

Harry S. Truman

The 33rd president of the United States, serving from 1945 to 1953.

Official portrait, c. 1947
Truman's home in Independence, Missouri
Truman in uniform, c. undefined 1918
Harry and Bess Truman on their wedding day,
Drawer from the Senate desk used by Truman
Results of the 1934 U.S. Senate election in Missouri; Truman won the counties in blue
Joseph Stalin, Harry S. Truman, and Winston Churchill in Potsdam, July 1945
Truman announces Japan's surrender, August 14, 1945.
Truman with Greek-American sponge divers in Florida, 1947
Truman's press secretary was his old friend Charles Griffith Ross. He had great integrity but, says Alonzo L. Hamby, as a senior White House aide he was, "A better newsman than news handler, he never established a policy of coordinating news releases throughout the executive branch, frequently bumbled details, never developed ... a strategy for marketing the president's image and failed to establish a strong press office."
Truman in the Oval Office, receiving a Hanukkah Menorah from the prime minister of Israel, David Ben-Gurion (center). To the right is Abba Eban, ambassador of Israel to the United States.
President Truman (left) with Governor Dewey (right) at dedication of the Idlewild Airport, meeting for the first time since nominated by their respective parties for the Presidency
1948 electoral vote results
Truman was so widely expected to lose the 1948 election that the Chicago Tribune had printed papers with this erroneous headline when few returns were in.
President Truman signing a proclamation declaring a national emergency and authorizing U.S. entry into the Korean War
Truman and Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru during Nehru's visit to the United States, October 1949
Truman and Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi speaking at Washington National Airport, during ceremonies welcoming him to the United States
Official portrait of President Truman by Greta Kempton, c. 1945
View of the interior shell of the White House during renovation in 1950
Truman in an official portrait
President Truman; Alabama Senator John J. Sparkman, vice presidential nominee; and Illinois Governor Adlai Stevenson, presidential nominee, in the Oval Office, 1952
President Truman conferring with labor leader Walter Reuther about economic policy in the Oval Office, 1952
Truman and his wife Bess attend the signing of the Medicare Bill on July 30, 1965, by President Lyndon B. Johnson
Wreath by Truman's casket, December 27, 1972
Truman poses in 1959 at the recreation of the Truman Oval Office at his presidential library, with the famous "The Buck Stops Here" sign on his desk. (The reverse of the sign says, "I'm From Missouri".) Attendees to meetings where Truman would have to make a major decision would sometimes see the president looking at the sign.
Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri
Stamp issued in 1973, following Truman's death. Truman has been honored on five U.S. postage stamps, issued between 1973 and 1999.

Under his predecessor, Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Fair Employment Practices Committee was created to address racial discrimination in employment, and in 1946, Truman created the President's Committee on Civil Rights.

Francis P. Matthews

American who served as the 8th Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus from 1939 to 1945, the 50th United States Secretary of the Navy from 1949 to 1951, and United States Ambassador to Ireland from 1951 to 1952.

Following the war, he served briefly (1946–1947) on the President's Committee on Civil Rights.