Sunday, July 24, 2016
The NYA created many new opportunities for African Americans
Above: In this 1942 photograph, we see a young man in the New Deal's National Youth Administration (NYA) working as a lab assistant at the Frederiksted Municipal Hospital, Virgin Islands. The Final Report of the National Youth Administration notes that "From the time of its establishment, NYA pursued the policy that no person was to be deprived because of race, creed, color, or national origin of any employment, position, work, compensation, or other benefits made possible under the program of the NYA" (p. 111). Hundreds of thousands of young African Americans found opportunities in the NYA. Photo courtesy of the National Archives.