Blue Jenkins


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Working for Workers

By Julia Pferdehirt
Wisconsin Historical Society Press

As an African American growing up in Racine, Wisconsin, in the 1930s, William “Blue” Jenkins knew where blacks could shop, eat, and get a job – and where they couldn’t. His early experiences of inequality would drive his desire to make positive changes to his community and workplace as an adult.

Blue Jenkins: Working for Workers shares Blue’s story as it acquaints young readers with African American and labor history. Following an all-star career as a high school football player, Blue became involved in unions through his work at a local foundry. As union president, he fought for safety regulations and fair pay and helped integrate union offices – all while working to fight discrimination in his community. In 1962, Blue becamse a regional leader in the union and found himself in charge of 50,000 union members in the Midwest!

Labor leader, civil rights activist, and family man, Blue Jenkins shows readers how the fight for the rights of workers and minorities can be won through years of hard work.

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Weight 12.4 oz
Dimensions 9 × 7 × 0.5 in


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