WITHOUT HISTORY WE ARE DOOMED TO REPEAT OUR MISTAKES…
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A Black Revolutionary’s Life in Labor: Workers Black Power in Detroit is a book for labor activists, students and educators, community organizers and lovers of black history. Author, Michael Hamlin offers an inside look at the development of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, its internal struggles and historic gains made. Join the book’s conversation on lessons learned as they apply to the continuing fight for racial equality by the working class.
The earliest beginnings of The League of Revolutionary Black workers took root when three angry young black men met on the dock of The Detroit News where they were hired in the early 1960’s to distribute newspapers by truck throughout the Metropolitan area.
The first was born on a Mississippi share-cropper’s plantation and migrated to Southwest Detroit with his family in the late 1940’s. After a sterling high school sports history, he attended University of Michigan until he ran out of money and joined the Army. At the time, he had just returned from military service in Korea angry about U.S. intervention overseas.
The second, a graduate of Detroit’s Cass Tech High School was a voracious reader of literature with an interest in revolutionary theory and tactics and a scientific understanding of the fraud America had perpetuated on black people.
The third, an orphan, raised on Detroit’s Westside by his working class aunt, was a law student at Wayne State University. Intense, articulate and passionate, he was destined to become one of Detroit’s most prominent lawyers winning spectacular victories on behalf of black people in regards to voting rights, police brutality and jury selection.
Can you identify these co-founders of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers?