The Human Rights and Diversity Committee, in conjunction with The Teamsters History Project, is offering the first in a new series of programs based on multicultural history.
The programs are designed to look at a wide variety of aspects in our shared past, including events in Black, Women’s, Hispanic and LGBT+ histories and their impact on Teamster and labor history.
The programs, in zoom format, will be open to all and approximately 90 minutes in length. We hope they will generate some lively discussion and ideas for programs and events at your locals.
To register for this program, please go to: http://ibt.io/2021HRDC
The first program will be
Saturday, March 20 at 1pm EST
Presented by Dr. Eric Arnesen,
The James R. Hoffa Teamsters Professor of Modern American Labor History
“The Unfinished Revolution – African American Workers and the American Labor Movement since the Civil War.”
The history of the American labor movement is often portrayed as a history of white labor whose track record on matters of racial equality left a lot to be
desired. Racial exclusion was a very real part of that record. But, the labor movement itself was never the property of white workers alone.
From the era of Reconstruction onward, significant numbers of black men and women forged their own traditions of labor activism, turning to unionization as a vehicle to the same goals as white workers – raising wages, shortening the working day, and improving on-the-job conditions.
In important ways, black trade unions were civil rights organizations pursuing the quest for economic justice. This talk will explore the often untold but vitally important history of the black labor tradition from the era of emancipation to the present.
Hope to see you all there! Announcements for future programs will follow.
For additional information please contact:
Meeting Information – Anthony Hebert, 202-624-8985 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration Info – Renee Parker, 202-624-8724 or email@example.com