Quill Pettway, labor organizer and civil rights pioneer was part of a generation of Communists and radicals who made Detroit's rich labor and civil rights history.
It is the only national museum devoted to the study of black life and culture.
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, 42 years old, was arrested in Montgomery, Ala., for refusing to give up her seat on a public bus.
On Nov. 25, 1952, and following the death four days prior of William Green, George Meany became the new president of the AFL.
On November 19, 1915, labor leader and songwriter Joe Hill was executed in Utah on what many believe was a framed charge of murder.
Workers at the General Motors plant in Atlanta, Georgia participated in a sit-down strike, which was part of a greater ongoing wave of labor organizing during the 1930s.
On this date, Nov. 17, 1734, New York printer and journalist John Peter Zenger (1697-1746), a German immigrant, was arrested.
The episode seems silly in retrospect. What was not so silly, however, was the political repression Communists faced.
"I'm sitting down on strike today to protest Walmart's illegal fear tactics and to send a message to management and the Waltons that they can't continue to silence us!"
On this day in 1919 Victor Berger, the first socialist elected to the U.S. Congress was denied his seat.