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J. Ernest Wilkins Edit Profile

also known as Jesse Ernest Wilkins, Sr.

Lawyer , labour leader , undersecretary of labour

Jesse Ernest Wilkins, Sr. (February 1, 1894 – January 19, 1959) was a notable African American lawyer, labor leader and undersecretary in the Eisenhower administration. From 1954 to 1957, Wilkins served as U.S. representative on the governing body of the International Labor Organization


He became the first black to attend White House cabinet level meetings in the absence of Labor Secretary James Mitchell. He was investigatigating charges about black voting rights` violation. In 1953, Wilkins became the first African American to serve in the Judicial Council of the Methodist Church.