1966 – Lyndon Johnson appoints first African American Cabinet member


Robert C. Weaver, seen here with President Lyndon B. Johnson, is sworn in as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development at a White House ceremony.

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1966 Lyndon Johnson appoints first African American cabinet member

On January 13, 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson appoints the first African American cabinet member, making Robert C. Weaver head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the agency that develops and implements national housing policy and enforces fair housing …read more