Today In History- January 13

Today In History- January 13

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Johnson appoints first African-American cabinet member.

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First African-American cabinet called during Johnson administration

  • Washington D.C., USA

Following his ambition for a "Great Society," on Jan. 13, 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed the first African-American cabinet member, Robert C. Weaver, thus proclaiming his increased support for the civil rights movement.  Though a bold political move, the fight for equality in the nation only intensified with the growing controversy of the Vietnam War and implementation of newly passed congressional acts.

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