On This Day Jan. 13, 1966: LBJ Appoints Robert C. Weaver as First Black Cabinet Member

robert weaver On This Day Jan. 13, 1966: LBJ Appoints Robert C. Weaver as First Black Cabinet Member

On This Day Jan. 13, 1966: LBJ Appoints Robert C. Weaver as First Black Cabinet Member (Photo credit:  Wikipedia)

On This Day in history Jan. 13, 1966: President Lyndon Johnson appointed the first black cabinet member.  Robert C. Weaver was appointed to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HHS), which is now referred to as Health and Human Services.

Separately, Patricia Roberts Harris was the first black woman appointed as a cabinet member. She was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to serve as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in 1977.

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 On This Day Jan. 13, 1966: LBJ Appoints Robert C. Weaver as First Black Cabinet Member
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