FIGHTING MACHINISTS

An Evening With Charles Johnson

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On Sunday May 17, 2015 myself and several others were blessed with the presence of Mr. Charles Johnson… for those of you who may not know, Brother Johnson was the first African-American Union Steward for the Southern Pacific Railroad. At 102 years old his memory is still very sharp. For over 30 minutes he shared tales of his life and his experiences beginning with his being a teenager and working as an Elevator Operator at a hotel in New Orleans. He told of the early struggles of being Black and an activist. He spoke of his meetings and working with A. Philip Randolph to help organize his fellow dining car workers. It was truly my honor to spend a few moments with him. Because of the sacrifices of the the generations that came before us we are able to stand on the foundation that they forged literally with blood sacrifices. I look forward to being able to speak with him again real soon. For more information on Brother Charles Johnson click here:

FIRST BLACK UNION STEWARD

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