Today in Labor History – April 4th

Martin Luther King Jr.

The first issue of The Labor Review, a “weekly magazine for organized workers”, was published in Minneapolis. Edna George, a cigar packer in Minneapolis, won $10 in gold for suggesting the name “Labor Review”, The Labor Review has been published continuously since then, currently as a monthly newspaper. – 1907

The unemployed rioted in New York City’s Union Square. – 1914

Longshoremen union leader Harry Bridges was convicted of lying about being a Communist. – 1950

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, where he has been supporting a sanitation workers’ strike.  In the wake of this tragedy, riots broke out in many cities, including Washington, DC. – 1968

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