After the United States Postal Service was made from the Post Office Department, African Americans were progressively elevated to administrative positions. On July 23, 1971, only 22 days after the United States Postal Service formally started tasks, Ronald B. Lee was elevated to Assistant Postmaster General for Customer Development.[86] In October 1971 Alvin J. Prejean, previous representative official executive of the Chicago Urban League, was named chief of the Office of Social Priorities, responsible for directing equivalent opening for work programs. In the meantime, Joseph N. Cooper was elevated to promoting supervisor in Communications and Public Affairs. Cooper had worked in promoting in New York City, was official executive of the New York Museum of Black History and Culture, and had facilitated a week after week network show which concentrated on dark accomplishments. By 1979, 4.5 percent of best postal officials were African-American.

In any case, even while African Americans were making advances into postal administration, racial segregation held on in some postal offices. In 1973 Napoleon Chisholm, a dark representative in Charlotte, North Carolina, recorded a legal claim against the Postal Service, charging that it denied him the chance to seek advancements and furthermore that it oppressed dark specialists by and large. The government region court chose the case to support him, and the court’s choice was attested by the United States Court of Appeals in 1981.[87] The Postal Service was requested to grant back pay to workers who could show qualification, to make “confirmed endeavors” to enroll and choose African Americans and to advance dark workers in extent to their general business rate, to set up target criteria for advancements, subtle elements, and order, to utilize just approved composed tests or new choice gadgets, and to make another position – that of EEO Employee Complaints Representative.



As the 1960s advanced, African Americans profited from expanded openings for work, both in the private and open areas. The 1964 Civil Rights Act restricted occupation segregation by private businesses; postal pay rates, then, stagnated. As the Department confronted solid rivalry for taught specialists, the socioeconomics of new representatives moved – less very instructed laborers, and more ladies, started entering the postal workforce.

In 1966 Henry McGee, at that point faculty executive of the Chicago Region, said “postal occupations go asking in light of the fact that the mail station can’t contend with pay scales in private industry,” refering to a beginning pay of $3.13 a hour for city transportation specialists, versus $2.64 at the Post Office.[82] 70% of recently contracted workers in Chicago that year were ladies, since men could discover better paying employments elsewhere.[83]

In 1967 an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Division was made inside the Bureau of Personnel, and Postmaster General O’Brien flaunted that the Post Office Department was “the main business of Negroes in 12 noteworthy cities.”[84] In a few urban areas, similar to Detroit, Chicago, Washington, and Los Angeles, African Americans included 70 to 80 percent of postal representatives. An author for the dark intrigue daily paper the Chicago Daily Defender, in any case, noticed that the Post Office Department had minimal decision however to procure African Americans:

the tight labor showcase and the bothersome working conditions . . . have constrained the work of substantial quantities of Negroes. The actualities demonstrate there simply isn’t any other individual accessible for the Post Office Department to hire.[85]

As the decade found some conclusion, Congress voted in favor of soak pay increments for postal specialists – 6 percent in 1967, 5 percent in 1968, 4.7 percent in 1969, and a sum of 14 percent in 1970. In the interim, logjams of mail at obsolete postal offices, and in addition developing postal shortfalls, persuaded Congress to rearrange the country’s postal framework. In 1970, Congress passed the Postal Reorganization Act, changing the United States Post Office Department into oneself subsidizing, semi free United States Postal Service.

Photo demonstrating Postmaster Leslie Shaw, Postmaster General Lawrence O’Brien, Postmaster Henry McGee and Postmaster John Strachan taking an interest in a gathering handshake in 1967.

From Left to Right: Postmaster Leslie Shaw, Postmaster General Lawrence O’Brien, and Postmasters Henry McGee and John Strachan, 1967

Leslie N. Shaw, a fruitful keeping money official, took a 25 percent pay slice to acknowledge the activity of acting postmaster of Los Angeles in April 1963. He was designated postmaster in 1964, and served until 1969.