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Speech at the National Press Club

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César Chávez

César Estrada Chávez was born near Yuma, Arizona on March 31, 1927, to Mexican-American parents, Librado Chávez and Juana Estrada Chávez. César’s mother was “a person of great faith” who modeled self-sacrifice and the necessity of helping others. Chávez’s father, Librado, owned a store and pool hall until debt and the Depression forced him to…  Read more.
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Speech at Graham Memorial Chapel

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César Chávez

César Estrada Chávez was born in Arizona’s North Gila Valley on March 21, 1927. Chávez was the son of farmworkers, Librado and Juana, and spent much of his youth working in the fields after the loss of the beloved family farm. Following the harvest from Arizona to California, Chávez was exposed to the harsh conditions…  Read more.
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Speech by Samuel Gompers on World War I

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Samuel Gompers

Samuel Gompers was a founding member and the first president of the American Federation of Labor (AFL). He served as president of the AFL for nearly 40 years, beginning December 8, 1886 and ending when he died on December 13, 1924. Gompers is often regarded as one of the most important leaders in U.S. labor…  Read more.
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Legislative Conference, Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW)

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George Meany

Former plumber from the Bronx, George Meany (1894 - 1980) became president of the New York State Federation of Labor in 1934. In one year alone, he helped pass over 72 pro-labor bills in Congress. Elected president of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) in 1952 after the death of William Green, Meany merged the…  Read more.
Speech:

Stop the Hate

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Nancy Wohlforth

Nancy F. Wohlforth (1945 - present)—a union leader and labor activist—was known for her fierce commitment to social justice issues. She was especially known for her work to secure fair treatment of labor rights for gays and lesbians. Her upbringing was influenced by socialist parents whose lives were affected greatly by the insecurity of the…  Read more.
Paul Robeson
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Forge Negro-Labor and Unity for Peace

Speaker:

Paul Robeson

A renowned singer, athlete, actor, and activist, Paul Robeson was perhaps one of the most prominent African American public figures from the 1920s to the 1950s. Born on April 9, 1898 in Princeton, New Jersey, Robeson displayed prodigious academic and athletic talent early in his childhood. Enrolling at Rutgers University at the age of 17,…  Read more.