Here’s today’s labor history:
In 1964, President Johnson signed Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, forbidding employers and unions from discriminating on the basis of race, color, gender, nationality, or religion.
And on this date in 2009, the Labor Department reported that U.S. employers cut 467,000 jobs over the prior month, driving the nation’s unemployment rate up to a 26-year high of 9.5 percent.
Today’s labor quote is by Stokely Carmichael:
“The spirit we seek to build among black people is not a capitalistic one. It is a society in which the spirit of community and humanistic love prevail. The love we seek to encourage is within the black community, where men call each other ‘brother’ when they meet.”
A Trinidadian-American revolutionary active in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement and later the global Pan-African movement, Stokely Carmichael rose to prominence in the civil rights and Black Power movements, first as a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, later as the "Honorary Prime Minister" of the Black Panther Party, and finally as a leader of the All-African Peoples Revolutionary Party.