U.S. district court Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr., orders seven Alabama state agencies to end discrimination against Blacks in their hiring practices.
1970 (Jul 29)
U.S. district court Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr., ordered seven Alabama state agencies to end discrimination against Blacks in their hiring practices and give immediate job consideration to sixty-two Black applicants who were denied positions earlier. The federal judge directed state authorities to take steps to eliminate future racial discrimination in hiring practices, and he ordered them to submit a report to the court within thirty days, detailing the steps taken to comply with his order. In reviewing the case, which was filed by the Justice department in 1968, Johnson noted that Alabama was the only remaining state that refused to adopt a resolution that formally prohibited racial discrimination and provided for a system of redress in such cases. Johnson also directed the seven agencies to hire Blacks and to appoint them in positions other than custodial, domestic, or general labor, when such applicants were listed as qualified and eligible.