WASHINGTON (Jan. 9)
President Truman, in his message to Congress today, emphasized the progress which this country is making in securing equality of treatment and opportunity for all people, regardless of race or religion, and called upon the members of both Houses of Congress to support the government policy in this direction.
“As we build our strength to defend freedom in the world, we ourselves must extend the benefits of freedom more widely among all our own people, “the President said. “We need to take action toward the wider enjoyment of civil rights. Freedom is the birthright of every American. The executive branch has been making real progress toward full equality of treatment and opportunity–in the armed forces, in the civil service, and in private firms working for the government. Further advances require action by the Congress, and I hope that means will be provided to give the members of the Senate and the House a chance to vote on them, “he declared.