Henderson, Elmer W.


(1913–2001), research dir., Ill. State Commission on Urban Colored Population (1940–41); acting exec. secy., Chicago NAACP Branch (Apr.–Sept.1941); field rep., FEPC (Nov. 1941–Aug. 1943); personally challenged railroad segregation during trip
South, leading to major court case (1942); dir., Regions VI, VIII (Chicago), FEPC (Aug.
1943–May 1946); research associate, Rosenwald Foundation Study on Segregation in the
Nation’s Capital (Jan.–July 1947); exec. secy., Natl. Council for a Permanent FEPC
(1947–48); lobbyist, exec. dir., American Council on Human Rights (1948–55); counsel, House Committee on Operations, D.C. Regarded as particularly effective negotiator, lobbyist. Recruited Mitchell to work with FEPC. BA, Morgan State U.; MA, U. of Chicago (1939); LLD, Georgetown (1952).