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Abstract Mr. Henry, a native of Mississippi, has been a leader in the struggle for civil rights in that state for many years. He has been president of the Clarksdale NAACP, state president of the Mississippi NAACP, chairman of the Mississippi Voter Registration and Education Project, president of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and also its delegate to the 1964 Democratic National Convention. The collection deals with nearly every phase of the civil rights battle, Democratic politics, and...
Collection — Container: Small Processed Collections: La-Le, Box 9, Folder: 12-15
Abstract Abraham Lefkowitz was a teacher and principal in the New York elementary school system and active in teachers unions, civic and social reform movements, and championed minority causes and civil liberties. He was one of the founders of the American Federation of Teachers, serving as Vice-President for fourteen years. His papers reflect his professional and social contributions made during his years in the New York public school system, particularly his fight against communists in the AFT.
Abstract The Metropolitan Detroit Branch of the ACLU was chartered in 1952 and joined the Lansing and Ann Arbor area chapters in 1961 to form the ACLU of Michigan, coordinating civil liberties activities for these and several other chapters that formed over the next decades. Their records related primarily to the Detroit Branch and include subjects such as: academic freedom; censorship; church and state; civil liberties; police brutality; HUAC; and legal assistance to prisoners.
Abstract The AFSCME Program Development Department was created in January of 1973 to deal with matters such as health care, the deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill, employee protections, career development, and sex discrimination. It was funded by federal grant money until 1975 when the funds ran out, the department was disbanded, and its several functions were taken over by other AFSCME departments. The records in Part I reflect the Department's concerns with women's issues, sex...
Abstract The Human Rights and Community Relations Department of the American Federation of Teachers was created by Vice President Richard Parrish October 2, 1966. Before the official department was created it was a standing committee and then a permanent committee with in the executive council. The department was created as an office in the AFT that would be responsible for collecting and distributing information about the government, education and community policies and programs dealing with civil...
Abstract A. G. Mezerik and his wife, Marie Hempel Mezerik, worked for the protection of labor and civil rights through the the Conference for the Protection of Civil Rights. Mr. Mezerik was the steering committee chair and Marie Hempel was the secretary of the CPCR in the 1930s. The organization was active in the early days of the UAW, supporting strikes and demonstrations, and also involved with aid to the Spanish Republic and aid to China, as well as fighting the Black Legion. The papers include a...
Abstract Mr. Sayer, a New York teacher, served as vice-president of the New York Teachers Guild in 1950. He left the Guild to help form Local 378 of the CIO, a N.Y. teachers' union which disbanded in 1954. Later Sayer aided in obtaining an AFL-CIO charter for the United Federation of Teachers and served this organization in several capacities. Mr. Sayer also served as member and chairman of the New York State chapter of Americans for Democratic Action. In the summer of 1964, he and his wife Florence...
Abstract Carl Cohen was elected Chairman of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan in 1971. His papers reflect his work the the Michigan ACLU, as well as the stance of the ACLU on various issues, both local and national.
Abstract Pamphlets, leaflets, handbills, clippings, articles, radio scripts, and union newspapers collected by Mr. Haessler, who was managing editor of the Federated Press (1922-56); editor of the United Auto Worker and many local union papers; a member of the public relations staff of the United Rubber Workers; and was responsible for public relations and publicity for various groups and organizations. Subjects include civil rights, social reform, socialism in Britain, labor legislation, the NLRB, and...
Abstract Mrs. Overton served as a stenographer for the NAACP from 1924-28; executive secretary to Julian Rainey, head of the "Colored Division" of the National Democratic Committee for 1932, 1936 and 1940; and in secretarial positions with Howard University, Vanguard Press, and the Community Church of New York City. Her papers comprise correspondence, leaflets, reports, notes, and clippings, and cover black voters, employment in the federal government for blacks, activities of the NAACP, Democratic...
Abstract Carrie Burton Overton was active in African-American educational, political, and arts organizations through much of the twentieth century. The collection includes a series of studio portraits dating from around the time of her marriage; portraits of family members and some other individuals; scenes at Howard University and the Tuskegee Institute; and several panoramic group pictures at alumni, political, and arts events.
Abstract Correspondence, agreements, rate classification, grievance records, constitutions, resolutions, minutes, speeches, and published material collected by Cecil Roeder, who served as a committeeman of UAW Delco-Remy Local 662, Anderson, Indiana (late 1930's and early 1940's). Subjects include General Motors Sit-Down Strike at Anderson (1937); UAW factionalism including the Homer Martin controversy; elections and factionalism of Local 662; union shop drives of Local 662; civil rights campaigns; and...
Abstract Charles Beckman served as United Auto Workers Local 45 (Fisher Body Plant, Cleveland) President for eighteen consecutive terms. His tenure included the Cleveland plant sit-down strike which served as a catalyst for the historic Flint sit-down strike of 1936-1937. The papers of Mr. Beckman reflect his work with Local 45 and its affiliated organizations and, to a lesser degree, his involvement in political and social issues, including civil rights, anti-fascism and anti-war efforts.
Abstract Charles Biagi served as president of the New Jersey Labor Press Council and as International Representative to the United Auto Workers Fair employment and Anti-Discrimination Department. He also acted as Business agent of United Auto Workers Local 669 (Paterson, NJ) and editor of their publication, The Cyclone. Active in civil liberties and civil rights movements, Mr. Biagi’s papers reflect his efforts concerning academic freedom and censorship.
Abstract Charles Flint Kellogg was a respected historian, Professor of American History, and Chair of the Department of History at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He was awarded grant money to study the history of the NAACP. His papers contain manuscripts, research, photographs, and notes used to write his 1967 book, NAACP: A History of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Volume I: 1909-1920, which describes the beginnings of the organization, its leaders, and...
Abstract Part 1 contains James B. Carey records, secretary-treasurer of the CIO from 1938 to 1955. Mr. Carey served as chairman of the CIO Civil Rights Committee and secretary-treasurer of the Philip Murray Memorial Foundation. He was the CIO representative to many international conferences, held a number of advisory positions with U.S. government agencies, and was on the executive boards of many private organizations. The topics cover a wide range of CIO activities. Among these are attempts to reunite...
Abstract Subjects include: civil rights; Democratic Party politics; elections; labor legislation; national health care legislation; Taft-Hartley Act
Abstract Born in 1895 in Ingham County Michigan, Clara M. Vincent was a peace and civil rights activist. Vincent immediately became entrenched in peace activism after the end of World War I. Her activism largely focused on civil rights, peace, nuclear disarmament, world hunger, and the separation of church and state. She was involved in innumerable organizations, including: Livonia Citizens for Better Human Relations, the Detroit branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Unitarian Universalist...
Abstract Claude Williams served as a minister in various congregations and was active in the labor and civil rights movements. Mr. Williams worked closely with the Southern Tenant Farmers Union (STFU), founded the New Era Training School in Little Rock, Arkansas, and the People’s Institute for Applied Religion (PIAR), served as the national vice president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), and as director of Commonwealth College.
Abstract With a background in labor activities and civil rights, Coleman Young captured a Michigan State Senate seat in 1964, representing an east side Detroit district, and rose quickly to leadership posts in the Lansing legislature. Michigan Democrats elected him in 1968 to become the first black member ever to serve on the Democratic National Committee. In 1973, pledging to restore peace between the people and police of Detroit, Coleman Young announced as a candidate for Mayor of Detroit. He defeated...
Abstract Upon graduating from the Detroit College of Law, Roberson went into private practice, and later worked as an assistant Wayne County prosecutor and as an assistant U.S. attorney. He also served as a member and then chair of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. Roberson was elected to the Detroit Recorders Court in 1974 and eventually became its chief judge in 1987. The Roberson Collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, his retirement speech and photos, amongst other material,...
Abstract David Klein served as Executive Director for the United Auto Workers (UAW) Public Review Board, as President of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Detroit Chapter and as an officer in the National Lawyers Guild. Mr. Klein’s papers reflect his work with labor issues and the civil rights movement, documenting his work with the ACLU, the National Lawyers Guild and as a labor arbitrator.
Detroit Commission on Community Relations (DCCR) / Human Rights Department Photographs and Other Material
Abstract The Commission on Community Relations evolved from the City of Detroit Mayor's Interracial Committee in 1953 and was renamed in 1974 as the Human Rights Department. All three iterations served a common purpose: to make recommendations to improve governmental services affecting racial relations, and to promote understanding between the races. Collection consists of photographs documenting its efforts to overcome racial discrimination and improve race relations in the Detroit metropolitan area...
Abstract The Detroit Industrial Mission (DIM) was an ecumenical organization that was founded on the premise of a need for a better understanding between the worker, management and religion. It aimed to serve all churches and types of industry. The industrial mission, organized by the Rev. Hugh C. White in October 1956, sought to organize independently of the formal structures of any denomination. The mission engaged directly with varying types of industry to explore with managers and their workers the...
Abstract Labor and women’s rights activist Edith Van Horn began her career in the labor movement during World War II, when she left graduate school to join the war effort as an assembly line laborer for Goodyear Aircraft, where she joined United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 856. Ms. Horn later held posts as chief steward of Douglas Aircraft UAW Local 17, chief steward of Chrysler’s Dodge Main Local 3, where she was the first woman to serve on Local 3’s executive board, as a delegate to the UAW...
- Subject: Civil rights X
- International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America 33
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People 16
- American Civil Liberties Union 7
- Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.) 7
- United States. Congress. House. Committee on Un-American Activities 7
- AFL-CIO 6
- American Federation of Teachers 6
- Democratic Party (U.S.) 6
- Coalition of Labor Union Women (U.S.) 5
- Democratic Party (Mich.) 5
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Detroit Branch 5
- Wayne State University 5
- Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (U.S.) 4
- Ku Klux Klan (1915- ) 4
- Reuther, Walter, 1907-1970 4
- Socialist Workers Party 4
- AFSCME 3
- Industrial Workers of the World 3
- National Organization for Women 3
- Smith, Mike (Michael O.) 3
- Young, Coleman A. 3
- Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America 2
- Beffel, John Nicholas 2
- Blue Cross Blue Shield 2
- Boggs, Grace Lee 2
- Cavanagh, Jerome P. 2
- Chrysler Corporation 2
- Farm Labor Organizing Committee (Ohio) 2
- Focus: HOPE (Organization) 2
- General Motors Corporation 2
- Gleicher, Morris 2
- Michigan. Civil Rights Commission. 2
- National Education Association of the United States 2
- North American Free Trade Agreement (1992 December 17) 2
- Overton, Carrie Burton 2
- Progressive Party (U.S. : 1948) 2
- Service Employees International Union 2
- Shanker, Albert 2
- Stepp, Marc 2
- Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.) 2
- United Steelworkers 2
- Workers Defense League 2
- AFT Michigan (Michigan Federation of Teachers ) 1
- Abner, Willoughby, 1920-1972 1
- American Federation of Teachers. Workers Education Local 189 1
- American Newspaper Guild 1
- Bailey, J. Edward, 1923- 1
- Baldinger, Mary Alice 1
- Baldinger, Wilbur 1
- Barbash, Jack 1
- Barger, W. K. (Walter Kenneth) 1
- Beasley, Olive, 1903- 1
- Beckman, Charles Keller, 1900- 1
- Bergman, Walter 1
- Biagi, Charles 1
- Bieber, Owen 1
- Black Panther Party 1
- Bledsoe, William, III 1
- Bluestone, Irving 1
- Boggs, James 1
- California State Employees' Association 1
- Canterbury, Janet 1
- Canterbury, Tom 1
- Carrick, Louis B. 1
- Charles Flint, Kellogg 1
- Cohen, Carl 1
- Communist Party of America 1
- Cunningham, Bill 1
- Davenport, Elvin 1
- Davis, Hugh M. 1
- Detroit (Mich.). Mayor's Interracial Committee 1
- Detroit Coalition to End the War Now! 1
- Detroit Housing Commission 1
- Detroit Industrial Mission 1
- Detroit Public Schools 1
- Detroit Urban League 1
- Detroit. Commission on Community Relations 1
- Didier, Gene 1
- Dillard, Ernest C. 1
- Dillard, Jessie M. 1
- Ellman, Erwin B. 1
- Evergreen Alliance 1
- Fair Housing Campaign (Birmingham, Mich.) 1
- Fair Housing Center 1
- Feldman, Sandra 1
- Gilmore, Horace W., 1918-2010 1
- Girardin, Ray 1
- Goode, Selma 1
- Goodman, Ernest 1
- Gould, William B., IV 1
- Grosse Pointe Civil Rights Organization 1
- Haener, Dorothy 1
- Haessler, Carl, 1888-1972 1
- Heisler, Francis, 1895- 1
- Henry, Aaron, 1922-1997 1
- Horne, Ernest L. 1
- Independent Socialist League 1
- International Confederation of Free Trade Unions 1
- International Labour Organization 1
- International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Chrysler Department 1 ∧ less