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Tribute celebrates contributions of African American workers

Indiana University Northwest Division of Labor Studies and the Union Education Program (UEP) will present the second annual Tribute to African American Workers from Feb. 3-5. Several events during this weekend will honor the working men and women of northwest Indiana. All union members, students, community groups and friends are invited to join these two groups in a call out for greater unity of purpose and vision between organized labor, non-unionized workers and community organizations.

Activities include a Film Festival that focuses on films that, according to the event’s founder Thandabantu Iverson, embody the spirit of self-determination, autonomy and resistance to historical conditions of exclusion and marginalization. Also, a Women’s Panel Discussion will explore the conditions and contributions of African American working women, and the potential for building alliances across race and gender lines.

A final tribute event is a Unity Reception to be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5 at the USWA Local 1014 McBride Hall, 1301 Texas Street in Gary. The cost to attend is $10 if reserved in advance before Friday, Feb. 4 or $15 at the door. Food and beverages will be provided. Proceeds from this reception will raise money for the UEP Scholarship Fund. Service Employees International Union

(SEIU) Local 20 President and International Executive Board Member Byron Hobbs is scheduled to speak.

The following is a schedule of events:

Film Festival – Thursday, Feb. 3, from 4 – 8 p.m., Savannah Center Auditorium.

Presentation of the film, "Black Struggles in Steel." Panel discussion follows the film. Panel members scheduled to attend include Fred Redmond, assistant director for USWA Steelworkers Local 7 and Professor of Labor Studies Ruth Needleman, Ph.D.

Film Festival – Friday, Feb. 4, from 4 – 10 p.m., Savannah Center Auditorium.

Presentation of the films, "Finally Got the News," and "Tupac: Resurrection."

Panel discussion follows the film. Panel members scheduled to attend include General Baker, founding member of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers in Detroit; Rashaan Taylor, IU Northwest student and Ashaki Binta, Gary resident.

Women’s Panel Discussion – Saturday, Feb. 5, from 3 – 5 p.m., Savannah Center Auditorium. Roundtable panel discussion to the challenges faced by and successes of working women of color. Panel members scheduled to attend include Sandra Irons, president of the Gary Teachers Union Local 4: Renaye Manley, regional director AFL-CIO and Mary Mulligan, moderator for ASFCME Local 4009.

Unity Reception – Saturday, Feb. 5, from 6 – 10 pm., USWA Local 1014 McBride Hall, 1301 Texas Street, Gary. Reception culminates the events of the tribute and celebrates the contributions of black workers to the labor movement and the northwest Indiana region. The cost to attend is $10 if reserved in advance before Friday, Feb. 4 or $15 at the door. Food and beverages will be provided.

Proceeds from this reception will raise money for the UEP Scholarship Fund.

Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 20, President and International Executive Board Member Byron Hobbs is scheduled to speak.

For more information about the second annual Tribute to African American Workers, please contact Thandabantu Iverson in the Division of Labor Studies at

(219) 981-4272 or call the main office at (219) 980-6825.

  
Published:

01-11-2005

Media Contact:

Kim Kintz
OMC
219-980-6802
kkintz@iun.edu
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