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Had you ever heard that he was a member that he was a member of
the Young Communists' League?
No. I thought it was the Young Socialists' League.
I don't know.
Let me come up to the Truman executive order desegregating the
armed forces. Did A. Philip Randolph discuss the genesis of that
order, or post-mortem it in any way?
I don't recall.
You don't recall if another march was threatened?
No, I just don't recall that. My image of that was that this
came out of Truman's reaction to the report of his commission he
appointed. You know, with the title, “To Secure these Rights”? I
don't think he that Truman made this decision out of the kind of
threats that Randolph made to Roosevelt. But again I'm just giving
you my personal impression.
Let's come to the march on Washington that did occur. Did you
discuss that before it occurred with A. Philip Randolph or any of the
In fact, my wife and I were in Europe when that occurred. We
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