The contributions of black members to the success of the Teamsters Union are numerous, varied and as old as the union itself. This month, the Teamsters Union spotlights some of those contributions.
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During World War II, many of the dedicated soldiers and sailors serving in the the U.S. Armed Forces were African-American. Among the most famous were those who served on the Red Ball Express.
The movie Loving, released in the Fall of 2016, is based on the real-life story of Virginians Richard Loving, a white man, and Mildred Jeter, a black and Native American woman, who sought to marry.
Gideon Parham became a leading figure in the Southern Conference of Teamsters (SCT), helping pave the way for more black involvement in the union.
St. Louis Teamster Ernest Calloway was a major figure in the labor and civil rights movement during the mid-20th century.
I look to the inspiration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., when he said, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter," and know that Black History Month serves as an important organizing principle.
The Teamsters Union has traditionally been ahead of other unions in terms of the treatment of minority members, calling for ”no color line” in the union as early as 1906. The union began actively seeking to organize black men and women at the same time.
Ernest Calloway, a Teamster leader from St. Louis Local 688 is the subject of a new book about a unique aspect of the labor movement.
For many, Black History Month is a month of celebration, recognition, and reflection.