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Today in labor history: First African-American pilot recognized posthumously

Bullard was rejected by the U.S. Army Air Service because only white pilots were allowed to serve.

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Today in labor history: First national meeting of African Americans

On August 20, 1830 the National Negro Convention held its first meeting in Philadelphia. The event was chaired and led by Bishop Richard Allen.

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Pro-union panelists call for labor outreach to blacks and youth

"Our issues can be overcome.  Diversity is a great strength."

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California labor leader to replace Holt-Baker at AFL-CIO

California labor official Tefere Gebr will succeed Arlene Holt Baker as Executive Vice President of the AFL-CIO.

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Unions speak out on Zimmerman verdict

Unions are lining up with civil rights groups and community organizations across the country and speaking out on the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the killer of Trayvon Martin, an un-armed teenager.

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Today in labor history: Black farmer-union leader murdered by sheriff’s posse

A leader of the Croppers' and Farm Workers Union in Tallapoosa County was brutally murdered July 15, 1931, by a heavily armed white mob.

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Today in labor history: Mary McLeod Bethune born

Mary McLeod Bethune, one of our great civil rights leaders, was born July 10, 1875, in Mayesville, S.C. Her parents were former slaves.

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Today in labor history: Supreme Court ends laws against interracial marriage

The case was brought forth by Richard and Mildred Loving, who were imprisoned for one year for marrying in the state of Virginia.

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Today in labor history: James Meredith shot

On this day in 1966, civil rights activist James Meredith was shot while leading the March Against Fear from Memphis to Jackson.

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Today in labor history: Homestead Act signed, for good and bad

President Lincoln signed the Homestead Act. It was a freedom opportunity for many, but also resulted in massive displacement of Native Americans.

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