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Clifford L. Alexander, Jr.
First African American Secretary of the Army
Born September 21, 1933 in New York, NY; First African American Secretary of the Army; attorney; businessman; presidential adviser and counsel; former chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
In 1977, Clifford L. Alexander Jr. became the first African American Secretary of the Army. Throughout his career--as an attorney, businessman and public servant--Alexander has worked to improve living and working conditions for minorities and women. He played a role in the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and other civil rights legislation, and helped guide the Army's transition to an all-volunteer force. He graduated in 1951 from Fieldston, a private high school in New York City, and went on to Harvard University, where he was elected the first African American student body president and graduated cum laude in 1955 with a B.A. in government. In 1958, he earned a law degree from Yale University.
In 1981, he founded Alexander & Associates, Inc., a consulting firm that advises corporations on workforce inclusiveness. Alexander serves on the boards of Mutual of America Life Insurance Company and several Dreyfus mutual funds. He has been chairman and CEO of the Dun & Bradstreet Corporation, and chairman of Moody's Corporation. Alexander lives in Washington, DC with his wife Adele Logan Alexander, a professor at George Washington University.