Executive Order 10925

Executive Order 10925 , signed by President John F. Kennedy on March 6, 1961, required government contractors to “take affirmative action to ensure that they are employed during employment without regard to their race, creed, color, or national origin. ” [1] Established the President’s Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity (PCEEO), which was chaired by Vice President Lyndon Johnson . [2] Vice Chair and Secretary of Labor Arthur Goldberg was in charge of the Committee’s operations. [2] This first implementation of Affirmative Actionto be discriminated against. [3]

Following Passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (which went into effect a year later on July 2, 1965) and President Johnson’s Executive Order 11246 (which was signed on September 24, 1965), the Committee’s functions were divided between the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance (which in 1975 was renamed the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs). [4]

Opponents of the PCEEO and Executive Order 10925 included Senator J. Lister Hill , a segregationist Democrat from Alabama, claiming that the committee and the executive order were overreached by the federal government into the private business of America. [2]

See also

  • Affirmative action in the United States
  • Executive order (United States)


  1. Jump up^ wikisource – Executive Order No. 10925
  2. ^ Jump up to:c http://shfg.org/shfg/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/4-MacLaury-design4-new_Layout-1.pdf
  3. Jump up^ Vertreace, W. (2010, 01). HISTORY OF EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION IN AMERICA. Black Collegian, 40, 57-58.60.
  4. Jump up^ Golland, David Hamilton,Constructing Affirmative Action: The Struggle for Equal Opportunity Employment(Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2011)

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