Today in black history: Civil rights activist Jimmie Lee Jackson dies, becomes catalyst for Selma march
Twenty-six year old civil rights protester Jimmie Lee Jackson died this day, Feb. 26, 1965, from gunshot wounds inflicted by Alabama State Trooper after marching in a peaceful protest.
In 1983, Washington won the Democratic mayoral primary and later was elected the first African-American Mayor of Chicago, serving from 1983 until his death in 1987.
Jones died in exile in Great Britain in 1964 at the age of 49, her health weakened from imprisonment in the U.S. because of her political activism.
The move for reform has been spearheaded by undocumented youth themselves, but also includes Obama, sections of the Democratic Party, labor, churches and other community organizations.
"Knowing that our brothers and sisters who are farmworkers are not being treated fairly - their working conditions are abhorrent, we're standing with them today."
In honor of the centennial of the birth of Rosa Parks, we are rerunning the following People's World article, "Rosa Parks: courageous fighter for justice, " by Debbie Bell.
The AFL-CIO will work for that, federation President Richard Trumka says.