It was no surprise that on April 19, 1945, Walter White sent HarryTruman a letter asking when he might be available to meet to discuss “Negro-white relations” given the significant challenges the country had worked through during the war.2 He closed his letter by stating
that he was leaving that afternoon to attend the San Francisco conference. The San Francisco conference was the first meeting of the United Nations, which had been outlined by the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union at their wartime meeting at Yalta. The United States had asked forty-two organizations to come to San Francisco to serve as consultants to the U.S. delegation and the NAACP was
one of those organizations that sent Walter White, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Mary McLeod Bethune to serve as representatives from the NAACP.