Labor Center Reports
Monthly Black Worker Report
Black Worker Overview
Black Worker Resources
C. L. Dellums African American Union Leadership School
African American Labor History Guides
Recommended Articles and Books
Films and Videos
| African American
Labor History Guides:
| Recommended Articles and Books:
|Detroit, I Do Mind Dying: A Study in Urban Revolution
By Dan Georgakas and Marvin Surkin. 1998. South End Press.
Pullman Porters and the Rise of Protest Politics in Black
By Beth Tompkins Bates.
2001. University of North Carolina Press
When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor
By William Julius Wilson. 1997. University of Chicago Press
"I Am a Man"
By Gerald L. Posner, 1998. Chapter 1, Killing the Dream:
James Earl Ray and the Assassination of Martin Luther King,
Jr., tells the story of the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers'
http://www.posner.com/KTD chap The Posner File.htm
Maida Springer: Pan-Africanist and International Labor Leader
By Yevette Richards. 2000. University of Pittsburgh Press
|California News Real Portal
This online portal includes an exhaustive list of narrative
and documentary films covering African American civil rights
and labor struggles – including lengthy descriptions of
many of the titles listed below.
Miles of Smiles,
Years of Struggle
A 1983 film chronicling the organizing of the first black trade
union - the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.
This 1996 film documents the history of discrimination against
black workers, focusing the struggle of African American steel
workers to win equality on the job.
A Philip Randolph – For Jobs and Freedom
A moving feature documentary portrait of the unsung Civil Rights
hero and labor leader, including a survey of African American
At the River I Stand
A 58-minute documentary covering the 1968 Memphis sanitation
workers strike and the assassination of Martin Luther King,
Oh Freedom After While
A documentary telling the story of the 1939 Missouri sharecroppers
strike and the legacy of racism in agricultural industry. http://newsreel.org/nav/title.asp?tc=CN0064
The website of the U.S. umbrella union federation includes background
resources on civil rights and opportunities to take action on
key current legislative and political issues.
Philip Randolph Institute
A Washington D.C. based national African American trade union
association affiliated with AFL-CIO with 150 chapters in 36
U.S. states. Founded to serve as a bridge between labor and
the black community, APRI members are involved in political
and community education, lobbying, legislative action and labor
support activities. Website includes descriptions of current
Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
A Washington D.C. based national coalition dedicating to building
the trade union movement among African Americans. Includes members
from 77 international and national unions with 42 regional chapters.
Website includes organizations history and program descriptions.
Black Radical Congress
A New York based-national organization launched to promote dialogue
among African American activists and scholars about issues critical
to the Black community. Sponsors public forums and produces
policy papers and other publications. Website includes program
description and publications.
for Third World Organizing
An Oakland-based racial justice organizing dedicated to building
a social justice movement led by people of color. Website includes
lots of background information and online access to the organization’s
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