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Today in labor history: George Washington says "no" to black recruits

In 1775, General George Washington prohibited recruiters from enlisting African Americans into the Patriot Army. However, African Americans served in some units and some segregated divisions were formed.

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Today in labor history: Earl Lloyd became the first black player in NBA

Born in Virginia, Lloyd attended West Virginia state.  He was selected in the 9th round NBA draft.

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Today in labor history: Underground Railroad leader Levi Coffin born

He strongly advocated for aid to the freed slaves to enable them to take their full place in American society.

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Today in labor history: NAACP sends "Appeal to the World" to the UN

The U.S. delegation to the UN, which included NAACP board member Eleanor Roosevelt, refused to introduce the petition.

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South African unionists in Mississippi fighting for Nissan workers

JACKSON, Miss - In a stunning reversal of what many would think is the way things work, a support group from "third world" South Africa is in Mississippi this week helping Americans secure one of their most basic democratic rights - the right to form a union.

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Today in labor history: General Motors agrees to end employment discrimination

The turnaround came ten years after the commission had filed a complaint that African Americans, Latinos, other minorities, and women were being unfairly treated.

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Today in labor history: Black inventor Henry Blair patents cotton planter

In 1857 patent rights were denied to slaves and were restored after the Civil War. Blair died in 1860, the year the war began.

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Today in labor history: Nat Turner is born

Turner often conducted Baptist services, preaching the Bible to his fellow slaves, who dubbed him "The Prophet."

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Today in labor history: Black farmers meet to unionize, are attacked

Arkansas Gov. Charles Hillman Bough sent 100 U.S. troops to the area, where they exchanged gunfire with the farmers.

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As matter of survival, unions double down on diversity

The 50-plus unions of the AFL-CIO redoubled its efforts to diversify its ranks and leadership with more women, workers of color, LGBT and young workers.

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