Little Known Black History Fact 

TODAY’S BLACK HISTORY FACT:
The Black Cabinet was first known as the Federal Council of Negro Affairs, an informal group of African-American public policy advisers to United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It was supported by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

Although these leaders were not officially cabinet members, their role in advising the President on black employment, education, and civil rights issues led the press to refer to them as FDR’s “Black Cabinet” or the “Black Brain Trust.” Among them were Mary McLeod Bethune, director of the Division of Negro Affairs of the National Youth Administration; William H. Hastie, assistant solicitor in the Department of the Interior; and Robert C. Weaver, who served as a special assistant to the Administrator of the United States Housing Authority.

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