Who was Robert C. Weaver and what did he do?

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Robert C. Weaver was a prominent policymaker in the mid-twentieth century who worked tirelessly to improve the rights of his fellow African Americans. 

Born in Washington, D.C. in 1907, Weaver studied economics at Harvard University and earned his PhD in 1934. He immediately entered public service and worked in a number...

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Robert C. Weaver was a prominent policymaker in the mid-twentieth century who worked tirelessly to improve the rights of his fellow African Americans. 

Born in Washington, D.C. in 1907, Weaver studied economics at Harvard University and earned his PhD in 1934. He immediately entered public service and worked in a number of governmental departments as part of the New Deal program. Most notably, Weaver was appointed a member of Roosevelt's Black Cabinet, where he advised the government on public policy for America's black citizens. 

Weaver was committed to improving racial equality in the United States. In 1960, he became the chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Six years later, in 1966, Weaver became the first African American to serve as a member of the Cabinet when he was appointed the Head of the Department of Housing and Development by President Johnson in 1966. He occupied this position for two years before becoming a lecturer in public policy. Weaver died in 1997. 

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