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Book presentation - The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly

Published on Jun 29, 2022 Tags: ,
In the early twentieth century, when many US unions disgracefully excluded black and Asian workers, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) warmly welcomed people of color, in keeping with their emphasis on class solidarity and their bold motto: “An Injury to One Is an Injury to All”. Ben Fletcher: The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly tells the story of one of the greatest heroes of the American working class. Historian Peter Cole will join us at the FAU open Lokal night on Friday 8 July for a special presentation on his book, published by PM Press.

A brilliant union organizer and a humorous orator, Benjamin Fletcher (1890–1949) was a tremendously important and well-loved African American member of the IWW during its heyday. Fletcher helped found and lead Local 8 of the IWW’s Marine Transport Workers Industrial Union, unquestionably the most powerful interracial union of its era, taking a principled stand against all forms of xenophobia and exclusion. 

Peter Cole is a professor of history at Western Illinois University in Macomb and a research associate in the Society, Work and Development Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.  

Before the book presentation there will be an English language introduction to FAU Berlin, open for members and curious people. Feel free to bring a friend or a colleague. The intro will begin at 18:00, the book presentation at 19:00 followed by a Q&A. Wine will be provided by the Foreigner's Section.

When: July 8th, 2022 (intro: 18 Uhr | book presentation: 19 Uhr)

Where: Grüntaler Str. 24 | 13357 Berlin

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