Chicago's First Negro Labor Conference
Submitted by nwhite on Wed, 2014-11-12 11:55
The first event in Brotherhood Week in Chicago, a week of activities assembled by the Chicago Division Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. Billed as Chicago's first Negro Labor Conference. See the attached image for details of Brotherhood Week.
From the Encyclopedia of Chicago: "As this 1928 announcement illustrates, the battle to achieve union recognition for the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters began long before it happened in 1937. Excluded from most railroad unions because of their race and faced with the strong opposition of the Pullman Company, porters relied heavily on community support to build and sustain the union.