Today in Labor History – April 22nd


Hazel Dickens

The first known slave revolt in American occurred, just eight years after the first slaves were brought from Africa to the Americas. – 1526

The Red Jacket Mine Explosion occurred on Keen Mountain, Virginia, killing 45 men.- 1938

50,000 people marched in New York City against the wars in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Another 30,000 marched in San Francisco.  – 1972

Songwriter, musician and activist Hazel Dickens dies at age 75. Among her songs: “They’ll Never Keep Us Down” and “Working Girl Blues.”  Cultural blogger John Pietaro: “Dickens didn’t just sing the anthems of labor, she lived them. Her place on many a picket line, staring down gunfire and goon squads, embedded her into the cause” – 2011


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