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UNITED STATES SENATE
LUTHER HOLCOMB, OF TEXAS, TO BE A MEMBER OF
JUNE 30, 1969
Printed for the use of the Committee on Labor and Public Welfare
U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
COMMITTEE ON LABOR AND PUBLIC WELFARE
RALPH YARBOROUGH, Texas, Chairman JENNINGS RANDOLPH, West Virginia
JACOB K. JAVITS, New York HARRISON A. WILLIAMS, JR., New Jersey WINSTON L. PROUTY, Vermont CLAIBORNE PELL, Rhode Island
PETER H. DOMINICK, Colorado EDWARD M. KENNEDY, Massachusetts
GEORGE MURPHY, California GAYLORD NELSON, Wisconsin
RICHARD S. SCHWEIKER, Pennsylvania WALTER F. MONDALE, Minnesota
HENRY BELLMON, Oklahoma
WILLIAM B. SAXBE, Ohio
ROBERT O. HARRIS, Staff Director
MONDAY, JUNE 30, 1969
Washington, D.C. The committee met, pursuant to notice, at 9:05 a.m., in room 4232, New Senate Office Building, Senator Ralph Yarborough (chairman of the committee) presiding.
Present: Senators Yarborough and Randolph.
Also present: Robert O. Harris, staff director; John Forsythe, general counsel; and Jay Cutler, minority staff.
The CHAIRMAN. The Committee of Labor and Public Welfare will come to order.
The order of business this morning is a hearing on the nomination of Mr. Luther Holcomb, vice chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to be a member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for the term expiring July 1, 1974, a reappointment.
Dr. Holcomb, will you come around, please. I have your biographical sketch here. I will order it printed at this point in the record.
(The biographical sketch of Dr. Holcomb follows:)
BIOGRAPHY OF LUTHER HOLCOMB, TO BE A MEMBER OF THE EQUAL EMPLOYMENT
OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION (REAPPORTION MENT) Mr. Luther Holcomb, Vice Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was appointed to this post simultaneously with the creation of the Commission in 1965. He has served as Acting Chairman three times, from May 14 to September 21, 1966, from July 1 to August 1967, and from May 1 to May 6, 1969.
Before joining the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Mr. Holcomb was a civic and religious leader in Dallas, Texas. For more than twenty years, he served on numerous local, state and national boards concerned with health, education, religion and welfare. These included the Visiting Nurses Association, the Founding Committee of Dallas Junior College, the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the Legal Aid Society and the Child Guidance Clinic. As Executive Director of the Greater Dallas Council of Churches, he founded the Chaplaincy Program at Parkland (Dallas City-County) Hospital, which has been used as an example for other city and county hospitals. He was a Commissioner on the Dallas Housing Authority for 11 years. In 1965, a mayor and city council of bi-partisan affiliations unanimously chose Mr. Holcomb to serve as the city's Official Representative.
Mr. Holcomb has been a leader in the struggle for civil rights for many years. In 1950, he organized the Interracial Committee, which has been credited with the orderly integration of schools and public facilities in Dallas. He was Chairman of the Texas Advisory Committee to the Civil Rights Commission. On the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Mr. Holcomb has been primarily involved in the development of techniques and programs to achieve full and equal opportunity for citizens from all minority groups. To attain this goal, he has worked with industry, government, schools, churches, civil rights and civic groups.