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Today in African American history: An important birthday

What you may not realize is that the founding of the NAACP took place, significantly on Abraham Lincoln's centennial birthdate, in 1909.

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Today in African American history: Birthday of writer Alice Walker

The writer and activist Alice Walker was born on this day in 1944 in Putnam County, Georgia. 

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Today in African American history: Celebrating life of Bob Marley

Bob Marley, the internationally famous and influential performer of reggae music, was born in northern Jamaica on this date in 1945.

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Today in labor history: The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993

The FMLA was intended "to balance the demands of the workplace with the needs of families."

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Today in labor history: Birth and death of Betty Friedan

Betty Friedan was born on this date in 1921, and died on the same date in 2006 at the age of 85.

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Today in labor history: “What’s My Line?” debuts

Sixty-five years ago, at 8 pm Eastern time on February 2, 1950, the game show What's My Line? debuted on CBS-TV.

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Quill Pettway, 94: A giant laid to rest

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.

 

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Today in labor history: National Museum of African American History signed into law

It is the only national museum devoted to the study of black life and culture.

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Today in labor history: Rosa Parks takes a stand by sitting down

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.

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Today in labor history: American Federation of Labor gets new president

On Nov. 25, 1952, and following the death four days prior of William Green, George Meany became the new president of the AFL.

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