President Truman and Civil Rights
The program “To Secure These Rights: Truman and Civil Rights” was held to honor and reflect upon the 58th anniversary of the… read more
The program “To Secure These Rights: Truman and Civil Rights” was held to honor and reflect upon the 58th anniversary of the desegregation of the U.S. Armed Forces by Executive Order 9981 issued July 26, 1948, by President Harry S. Truman. Moderated by Mr. Kemper, Gerald Early and Carol Anderson discussed the civil rights successes and failures of the Truman administration. They were joined by former Rep. Hechler for the question and answer session.
Professor Early is a noted essayist and American culture critic. Professor Anderson is the author of Eyes Off the Prize: The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955. Ken Hechler, special assistant in the Truman White House and the only U.S. Representative to march at Selma, is the author of Working with Truman and The Bridge at Remagen.
The event took place in the historic Gem Theater. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
People in this video
- Carol Anderson Associate Professor University of Missouri, Columbia->History Department
- Gerald Early Professor Washington University in St. Louis->African-American Studies
- Kenneth W. Hechler Special Assistant (Former) White House->President
- R. Crosby Kemper III Executive Director Kansas City (MO) Public Library
- Juanita Moore Executive Director Civil Rights Museum
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