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Shocking the ConscienceA Reporter's Account of the Civil Rights Movement$
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Simeon Booker and Carol McCabe Booker

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617037894

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617037894.001.0001

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Eisenhower Redux

Eisenhower Redux

(p.131) 11 Eisenhower Redux
Shocking the Conscience

Simeon Booker

University Press of Mississippi

In this chapter, the author recalls his 1962 interview with Dwight D. Eisenhower, who talked about his eight years in office as president of the United States. The former president talked about the desegregation of Washington, the appointment of Negroes to key posts in government, the passage of the first civil rights bill in more than eighty years during his tenure, and his protracted silence on the Supreme Court’s decision concerning school desegregation in Brown v. Board of Education. Eisenhower went on to predict that segregation would disappear in America in ten years. The author also reflects on his encounter with NAACP lawyer/lobbyist Clarence Mitchell, the black summit conference sponsored by the National Newspaper Publishers Association in early 1958, Eisenhower’s meeting with four black leaders at the White House, and the final days of J. Ernest Wilkins, former head of the official U.S. delegation to the International Labor Organization Conference in Geneva.

Keywords:   civil rights, Jet, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Negroes, desegregation, Supreme Court, Brown v. Board of Education, Clarence Mitchell, black summit conference, J. Ernest Wilkins

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