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Feb. is Black (Labor) History Month

Jeremy Sprinkle
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February is Black History Month. The AFL-CIO has profiled several pioneering African American labor leaders on their blog, AFL-CIO Now.

Read profiles of A. Philip Randolph, Augusta Thomas, Bayard Rustin, Bill LucyDoug MooreElla Josephine Baker, Fannie Lou Hamer, Keith Richardson, and Rachel Bryan.

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A. Philip Randolph
Augusta Thomas
Bayard Rustin

Bill Lucy
Doug Moore
Ella Josephine Baker

Fannie Lou Hamer
Keith Richardson
Rachel Bryan


The American Labor Studies Center has a wealth of information on teaching about the American labor movement and recently compiled a list of resources related to the contributions of African Americans to the struggle for political and economic freedom and justice for working people.

UC Berkeley Labor Center Black Workers Resources

A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum

Civil Rights and Labor: Joint Struggles for Justice by Corinne Geballe

Black Freedom Fighters in Steel: The Struggle for Democratic Unionism by Ruth Needleman

Servitude to Service: African-American Women as Wage Earners by Rita G. Koman

For Jobs and Freedom: Race and Labor in America since 1865 by Robert H. Ziegler

Oh Freedom After While by California Newsreel

A. Philip Randolph: For Jobs and Freedom by California Newsreel

Miles of Smiles: Years of Struggle by California Newsreel

At the River I Stand by California Newsreel

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Speech to AFL-CIO in 1961

I Am A Man: Dr. King & the Memphis Sanitation Strike by AFSCME

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists