Coleman A. Young report to the National Negro Labor Council   Save
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Description: Coleman A. Young, executive secretary of the National Negro Labor Council, delivered this report at the council's national convention in Cleveland in 1952. In the seven-page address, Coleman reports on the first year of the National Negro Labor Council and responds to charges of communism. The report measures 8.5" x 11" (21.59 x 27.94 cm). The National Negro Labor Council was established in 1951 to combat racism in labor unions and to advocate for African American workers. At its first convention in Cincinnati in 1951, the council had difficulty finding a hotel that would host the organization's members. In the mid-1950s, the House Un-American Activities' Committee (HUAC) charged the council with holding communist sympathies because the organization protested American companies' treatment of African American workers. Under pressure from HUAC, the National Negro Labor Council was disbanded in 1956, but it provided a framework for civil rights leaders in the 1960s to follow. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: Om3189_3813011_001
Subjects: Presidents and Politics; Civil Liberties; Business and Labor; African American Ohioans; National Negro Labor Council (U.S.); Civil rights
Places: Cleveland (Ohio); Cuyahoga County (Ohio)