Tefere Gebre (1968–)

American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) “Image Ownership: Public Domain” Labor leader Tefere Gebre fled Ethiopia at fourteen years of age, moved to the United States, and was elected years later, in 2013, executive vice president of the American Federation of Labor-Congress of … Read MoreTefere Gebre (1968–)

William H. Chester (1914-1985)

Dr. Martin Luther King with Bill Chester, January 25, 1963 “Image Courtesy of Anne Rand Library, International Longshore and Warehouse Union” William “Bill” Chester, Vice President and Assistant to Harry Bridges, President of the International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union (ILWU), was the highest ranking African … Read MoreWilliam H. Chester (1914-1985)

Ferdinand Christopher Smith (1893-1961)

Ferdinand Smith, Chicago Alderman Earl B. Dickerson and Donald M. Nelson, Chair of the War Production Board, 1943 Image Ownership: Public Domain Jamaican-born Ferdinand Christopher Smith became a prominent twentieth century international labor activist and leader.  At an early age Smith left Jamaica’s poor economic … Read MoreFerdinand Christopher Smith (1893-1961)

Heman Marion Sweatt (1912-1982)

Heman Marion Sweatt was a postal worker from Houston, Texas, who in 1950 integrated the University of Texas Law School.  Sweatt was born on December 11, 1912 in Houston, Texas.  He was the fourth child of James Leonard and Ella Rose Sweatt.  In 1930, he … Read MoreHeman Marion Sweatt (1912-1982)

James E. Shepperson (1858 – ?)

Image Ownership: Public Domain   James E. Shepperson was born in Roanoke, Charlotte, Virginia in 1858 to Parker and Matilda Shepperson.  He is considered one of the most influential leaders and spokesmen among African American miners during the late 19th century and early 20th century.  … Read MoreJames E. Shepperson (1858 – ?)