Sure didn't read about this in the history books! It was first known as the Federal Council of Negro Affairs. Mary McLeod Bethune was the director of the Division of Negro Affairs of the National Youth Administration; William H. Hastie was assistant solicitor in the Department of the Interior; and Robert C. Weaver served as a special assistant to the Administrator of the United States Housing Authority. There were over 45 council members. National Museum of American History.