Through the Decades: 1970s


Peace Corps holds a poster design contest to celebrate the 10th anniversary and the iconic flag and logo are introduced.

July 1, 1971

With Executive Order 11603, President Nixon folds the Peace Corps into a new federal volunteer agency called ACTION. However, the Peace Corps' original Congressional mandate remains unchanged.

October 1977

Carolyn Robertson Payton is the first female and the first African American to be Peace Corps Director.

May 16, 1979

President Carter signs an executive order that grants the Peace Corps full autonomy.