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Project 100,000

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Welles, Benjamin. "Negroes Expected to Make Up 30% of Draft 'Salvage'." New York Times, August 25, 1966. P. 1, 6.

Robert MacNamara's plan to "salvage" those intitially rejected from military service, based on low physical or mental test scores, was expected to consist of 30% African-Americans. Termed "Project 100,000," the project was put forth by the Defense Department as a type of social program in that it was to help the uneducated and poor obtain opportunities to advance their status. The resulting opportunity too often though was death in Vietnam. In this the first year of the program, 40,000 men were expected to be recruited through the lower standards (lowered to include the equivalent of a fifth grade education). A meeting held in Harlem sponsored by Harlem Youth Unlimited entitled "Youth Wants To Know" was an opportunity for many of the speakers to attack "Project 100,000." Speakers included major representatives from such groups as SNCC (Stokely Carmichael) and CORE (Floyd McKissick).

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