For the Teamsters Union, black history isn’t just an add on to our story or a recognition of advancements. It is part of the core of our history. Black and white Teamsters rallied together after the Civil War to improve conditions, starting the first independent team driver locals. For more, click here.
No one has played a greater role in helping all Americans know the black past than Carter G. Woodson, the individual who created Negro History Week in Washington, D.C., in February 1926. Woodson was the second black American to receive a PhD in history from Harvard—following W.E.B. Du Bois by a few years.
Separated by more than 900 miles in 1968, striking New York City sanitation workers were brought closer to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.-supported black sanitation workers strike in Memphis — through both coincidence and concern for their Southern colleagues.
Here we are at Black History Month again, and some people once again ask is this really still necessary? After all, advancements have been made and people know there is much more out there to explore about the black experience.
Since 1903, the Teamsters Union has been at the forefront of the struggle for workers’ rights in North America. During Black History Month, Teamsters honor the contributions of African-Americans in our nation’s history and their important place in the union today.
Fifty years ago today, Memphis sanitation workers Echol Cole and Robert Walker were killed while working on neglected machines that were known to be unsafe. Their deaths sparked the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers' Strike.
February marks Black History Month, a time to reflect upon and celebrate the contributions black Americans have made to society. It’s also a time to remember the importance of the labor movement to black history.