October 15, 2018

Today in History: First Labor Day

Today in History–September 05–the Library of Congress features the first Labor Day, celebrated on this date in 1882. Organized by New York’s Central Labor Union, a representative group made up of from many local unions, the celebration featured a parade, picnic, concert, and speeches. This event inspired others around the country. In 1887 Oregon became the first state to declare Labor Day an official holiday and the federal government followed suit in 1894. Find out more by visiting … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: A. Philip Randolph

Leading the procession from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln MemorialMore A. Philip Randolph imagesA. Philip Randolph historical newspaper coverage The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters A. Philip Randolph letter to NAACP Secretary Walter White March 18, 1941The Negro in National Defense 1941 posterWhy Should We March? 1941 flyerExecutive Order 8802: Prohibition of Discrimination in the Defense Industry 1941 Our DocumentsNAACP joined union organizer A. Philip … [Read more...]