Alabama’s discriminatory hiring practices show progress two years after a federal court order mandates changes.
1974 (Jun 30)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the state of Alabama was moving toward total compliance with a federal court order issued in 1972 which required that racial discrimination in hiring be eliminated. When the suit was filed in 1970, only a few Blacks were on the state's payroll, most of these in janitorial and other low-paying jobs. As of June 30, 3,000 of the state work force of 21,000 were Black. At that rate of hiring, the state was about four years away from reaching the court-assigned goal of a 25 percent Black workforce. At the upper levels, a Black executive assistant had been hired by the head of the Public Service Commission and the Attorney General had selected several Black assistants. Alabama Governor George C. Wallace, according to the report, had named several Blacks to positions on various governmental boards, commissions, and committees but had not hired a single Black to an administrative position. The report quoted an unidentified Black leader as saying that Alabama "will someday have the most model race relations program of any state in the Union.”