(audio) “Here we are, this is Paul Robeson, he was what we call a Renaissance Man…”
That’s Washington, D.C. library education specialist Toni White-Richardson. When we think of library workers, we think of books. But library workers are also incredible guides to public art in our communities. In this video, Toni – who’s also president of AFSCME Local 1808 – celebrated Black History Month by taking AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Elissa McBride on a tour of some incredible DC murals depicting African-Americans who played key roles in our nation’s history.
(audio) “This showed (Robeson) supporting worker rights…”
Check out the whole video on our website at dclabor.org
On today’s labor calendar, tune in at 1pm this afternoon for this week’s edition of Your Rights At Work, as Ed Smith and I take your calls and discuss the latest labor news. That 1pm this afternoon right here on WPFW 89.3FM.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1954, the movie Salt of the Earth opened. The classic film centers on a long and difficult strike led by Mexican-American and Anglo zinc miners in New Mexico. Real miners perform in the film, in which the miners’ wives—as they did in real life—take to the picket lines after the strikers are enjoined. It’s now considered a classic, the film was called subversive and blacklisted at the time, denounced by the U.S. House of Representatives and investigated by the FBI.
Today’s labor quote is by Noam Chomsky, who praised Salt of the Earth, saying:
"The real work is being done by people who are not known, that's always been true in every popular movement in history...”
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