Truman becomes first president to address NAACP 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 29 1947)

Video: 'American Experience Truman 2 of 3' (June 29, 1947, at 38:11)

(Sunday, June 29, 1947, 4:30 p.m. EDT) — President Harry S. Truman became the first President to address the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People today, declaring that the nation has “reached the turning point in the long history of its efforts to guarantee freedom and equality to all our citizens” in a speech at the closing session of the civil rights organization’s 38th annual conference at Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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