African-American Postal Governors, 1971 – 2000

The Postal Service’s Board of Governors was built up by the Postal Reorganization Act of August 12, 1970. The Board, which is equivalent to a top managerial staff of a private company, incorporates nine Governors who are named by the President with the counsel and assent of the Senate. From Reorganization through the century’s end, the accompanying African Americans filled in as Presidentially-selected Governors of the Postal Service:



<Timothy L. Jenkins, 1980-1982

Jenkins was an attorney and the administrator of a universal administration specialist firm.

<Ira D. Lobby, 1987-1990

Lobby was an IBM official.

<LeGree S. Daniels, 1990-2005

Daniels was a long lasting local official and the principal African American named in Pennsylvania’s Department of Revenue; she was named Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the U.S. Bureau of Education in 1987.

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[1] Congressional Record – Senate, 58th Congress, first Session, 128 (March 18, 1903).

[2] Quoted by Senator Ben Tillman of South Carolina, Congressional Record, 57th Congress, second Session, 2558 (February 24, 1903).

[3] The “Indianola undertaking,” as it wound up known, delayed for a year until at long last, in January 1904, Cox’s term terminated and a white man was named in her place. For additional on Cox’s story, see “African-American Postal Workers in the nineteenth Century,” at identity/postal-history/postalpeople.htm.

[4] Congressional Record – Senate, 58th Congress, first Session, 129-132 (March 18, 1903). Cash expressed his very own convictions on the Senate floor unequivocally: “This is a white man’s nation and a white man’s administration. It was built up by white men for white men . . . The provision in the Constitution that made the negro a voter was a huge slip-up.”

[5] Postmaster General Henry C. Payne cited in Chicago Tribune, May 8, 1903, 1.

[6] Editorial in The Atlanta Constitution, April 29, 1907.

[7] The Washington Post, June 7, 1908.

[8] Ibid., September 10, 1905.

[9] Booker T. Washington to Charles William Eliot, March 7, 1906, The Booker T. Washington Papers, Volume 13, 513, at (gotten to November 30, 2009). As per Washington, 90 percent of the letter bearers of Montgomery, Alabama, were African-American.

[10] In a letter of December 14, 1904, to Henry Smith Pritchett, Roosevelt expressed “not a law has been passed or compromised influencing the negro or influencing the southern white in his connection to the negro amid the three years that the South has been enjoying hysterics over me,” and that the quantity of African Americans selected to office, “which was irrelevant even under McKinley, has been still additionally diminished.” Cited in Seth M. Scheiner, “President Theodore Roosevelt and the Negro, 1901-1908,” The Journal of Negro History, Vol. 47, No. 3 (July 1962), 177.

[11] See “President Theodore Roosevelt and the Negro, 1901-1908,” The Journal of Negro History, July 1962, 169-182.

[12] In 1972 the records of each of the 167 troops were cleared and their releases were changed to fair.

[13] William Howard Taft, Inaugural Address, March 4, 1909. From University of California, American Presidency Project. (gotten to August 5, 2010).

[14] See Louis R. Harlan, Booker T. Washington: The Wizard of Tuskegee, 1901-1915 (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1983), 342.

[15] The Pittsburgh Courier, September 13, 1912.

[16] The Washington Post, November 16, 1914, 2.

[17] The Republican Party was the gathering of Abraham Lincoln. After the Civil War it embraced a solid central government and social liberties for blacks. Socially-preservationist Southern Democrats, in the mean time, needed an arrival to the old social request. Democrats stayed subsidiary with social conservatism until the 1948 National Democratic Convention, when they voted in favor of a solid social equality stage. In the 1912 Presidential decision Woodrow Wilson, the Democratic applicant, won in excess of 50 percent of the famous votes in all the Southern states; he won the prominent vote in numerous Northern states simply because Republican votes were part between two hopefuls.



In February 1997 an African-American director at Postal Service central station commented that in spite of the fact that advancement had been made in equivalent business opportunity, the Postal Service still had “pockets of segregation and an absence of duty to measure up to special opportunities.“[95] That May, the executive of the Postal Service’s Board of Governors, Tirso del Junco, declared that Aguirre International had been granted an agreement to lead a free investigation of the Postal Service’s decent variety strategies and practices as they identified with procuring, advancement, preparing and contracting.[96] The Aguirre group discovered that minorities were all around spoken to in the postal workforce everywhere, despite the fact that they were underrepresented at the more elevated amounts. Aguirre’s report, issued in January 1998, presumed that the United States Postal Service emerged as a pioneer in meeting governmental policy regarding minorities in society objectives and taking a stab at a various workforce.

Toward the finish of the twentieth century African Americans comprised about 21 percent of the postal workforce, versus 11 percent of the non military personnel work drive. In the meantime, they filled around 14 percent of best postal administration positions.[97]

In 2000, Fortune magazine positioned the United States Postal Service ninth on its rundown of “America’s 50 Best Companies for Minorities.”[98]


<George E. Johnson, 1971-1974

Johnson was a representative and the originator of hair care items organization Johnson Products Co., the primary dark possessed firm to be exchanged on the American Stock Exchange