Today in Black History 07/17/2015 | Robert Clifton Weaver - The Charles H. Wright Museum Blog

Today in Black History 07/17/2015 | Robert Clifton Weaver

 July 17, 1997 Robert Clifton Weaver, the first African American to hold a cabinet level position in a United States President’s administration, died. Weaver was born December 29, 1907 in Washington, D. C. He attended Harvard University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in economics in 1929, his Master of Arts degree in 1931, and his Ph. D. in 1934. Weaver was an expert on urban housing and wrote several books on the subject, including “The Negro Ghetto” (1948) and “The Urban Complex: Human Values in Urban Life” (1964). Weaver was appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson the first Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in 1966, a position he held until 1968. After leaving the cabinet post, Weaver became president of Baruch College in 1969 and professor of urban affairs at Hunter College in 1970, from which he retired in 1978. Weaver was awarded the 1962 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Spingarn Medal and the HUD headquarters building was renamed the Robert C. Weaver Federal Building in 2000. Robert Clifton Weaver Way in northeast Washington, D. C. is also named in his honor.

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