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THE PRESIDENT'S COMMITTEE ON EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20210
November 26, 1963.
THE WHITE HOUSE,
Washington 25, D.C.
DEAR MR. PRESIDENT: I submit herewith, through the Honorable W. Willard Wirtz, Vice Chairman, a report covering the activities of the President's Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity. This report combines both the annual report required by Executive Order 10925 and a comprehensive review of the Committee's history and activities since April 6, 1961.
You are familiar with most of the content of this report because of your energetic, direct and dedicated leadership, while Vice President, as Chairman of the Committee.
This record does honor to yourself and to the memory of the late President John F. Kennedy, who created the Committee as a means of opening equality of opportunity to all Americans and who died while still in the pursuit of a larger freedom for
Anhart Jaylen &
HOBART TAYLOR, Jr.,
Executive Vice Chairman.
The Committee's Charge
Whereas discrimination because of race, creed, color, or national origin is contrary to the constitutional principles and policies of the United States; and
Whereas it is the plain and positive obligation of the U.S. Government to promote and ensure equal opportunity for all qualified persons, without regard to race, creed, color, or national origin, employed or seeking employment with the Federal Government and on Government contracts; and
Whereas it is the policy of the executive branch of the Government to encourage by positive measures equal opportunity for all qualified persons within the Government; and
Whereas it is in the general interest and welfare of the United States to promote its economy, security, and national defense through the most efficient and effective utilization of all available manpower; and
Whereas a review and analysis of existing Executive orders, practices, and government policy procedures relating to government employment and compliance with existing nondiscrimination contract provisions reveal an urgent need for expansion and strengthening of efforts to promote full equality of employment opportunity; and
Whereas a single governmental committee should be charged with responsibility for accomplishing these objectives... Preamble to Executive Order 10925 establishing the President's Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity, issued by President John F. Kennedy effective April 6, 1961.