Kluge Fellow Touré F. Reed will examine the influence of labor activism on the civil rights agendas of the NAACP and National Urban League as he challenges presumptions about the ideological orientations of these important civil rights organizations. Reed, who is currently a fellow at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, will describe how mainstream civil rights activists of the 1930s and 1940s began to perceive racial discrimination as an outgrowth of class exploitation as they were pushed to the left by New Deal labor law and working-class political movements. Afro-American activists during the Depression and Second World War thus frequently identified black participation in the American union movement as a key component to the quest for racial equality.
Tuesday, August 2, 12:00 noon - 1 p.m., Room LJ-119, First Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 First Street, S.E., Washington, D.C., 20540
Free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are needed. Information: 202-707-3302, firstname.lastname@example.org
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