USW to celebrate Civil Rights at labor program

2013-02-05T16:00:00Z 2013-03-22T16:53:03Z USW to celebrate Civil Rights at labor programTimes Staff
February 05, 2013 4:00 pm  • 

The United Steelworkers Young Workers Movement of District 7 will end its second annual Black Labor Week celebration with a Feb. 22 program called "Celebration of Civil Rights."

The program will be at McBride Hall, 1301 Texas St., in Gary from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Fred Redmond, USW international vice president of civil and human rights, will be the event's keynote speaker and will reflect on the impact the Civil Rights Movement had in labor history. USW District 7 Director Jim Robinson and Civil Rights Coordinator Ray Jackson and USW International New Media Director Connie Mabin are also expected to speak at the event.  

To reserve a spot for the program, reach Ephrin Jenkins, chair of Next Generation at USW Local 1014, by sending an email to by Feb. 15 or call (219) 455-1306.

The USW Young Workers Movement is also participating in several community service programs during Black Labor Week, which is being organized in conjunction with February being Black History Month.

On Feb. 18, McBride Hall will be the site of free haircuts for senior citizens and retirees from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., a career fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a college fair from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. A clothing drive and voter registration drive will be hosted at the union hall during the day.

On Feb. 19, workers will visit area schools to discuss black labor history with students.

On Feb. 20, McBride Hall will host a Black Women Empowerment Seminar from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

On Feb. 21, workers will conduct community service projects around the area.

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