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Racial Uplift in a Jim Crow Local: Black Union Organizing in Minneapolis Hotels in the 1930s
May 5, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The East Side Freedom Library invites you to a presentation by Luke Mielke, Macalester College Honors Student and Labor Activist. Learn about the courageous and creative efforts to local African American waiters during the Great Depression to unionize. They sought not only to achieve economic security but also to create the working conditions in which they would be treated with respect by employers and customers alike. For the past two years, Luke has dug relentlessly into newspapers, union records, and oral histories, not just locally but also in Detroit, New York, and Chicago. He has unearthed a great labor history story. Come hear it!