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IU Northwest professor promotes book about African American steelworker pioneers

Interviews with more than 100 Gary Steelworkers led Labor Studies Professor Ruth Needleman closer to writing her book Black Freedom Fighters in Steel: The Struggle for Democratic Unionism, which she will be signing copies of Friday, April 25 at 6 p.m. in the IU Northwest Savannah Center.

The program, “The Black Freedom Struggle: From the Workplace to the Global Arena” honoring African American steelworker pioneers, will follow the book signing and reception at 7 p.m. This program will feature Assistant Director Fred Redmond and retired United Steelworkers of America activists Johnathan Comer, Curtis Strong and Ola Kennedy.

Keyote speaker Bill Fletcher Jr., president of the TransAfrica Forum, will open the program. Fletcher is the former assistant to the AFL-CIO President John Sweeney and co-founder of the Black Radical Congress.

Needleman’s book chronicles the lives of five African American workers who were born in the south and migrated to northwest Indiana during the Great Migration. Each chapter narrates the story of the following men: George Kimbley, William Young, John Howard, Curtis Strong and Jonathan Comer.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the Division of Labor Studies at (219) 980-4259.



Media Contact:

Kim Kintz

Ruth Needleman
Division of Labor Studies
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