Celebrating Black History Month

In 1976, President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month and asked all Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” In the half-century since, Americans have celebrated the rich tapestry of contributions made by African Americans. From struggles against injustice to triumphs of resilience, the journey of the Black community is woven into the fabric of our nation.

African Americans have often led the fight for better pay, increased benefits, and improved working conditions. From Isaac Myers (who created the Caulkers Association, one of the first unions formed by Blacks in America, in 1838), to A. Phillip Randolph (Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, 1925), to Hattie Canty (who became president of the Culinary Workers Union in Las Vegas in 1984), to today’s labor leaders. Their legacy inspires us to continue the fight for equality, justice, and dignity for all.

Teamsters Local 2010 believes that diversity is our strength. We recognize the unique cultures and backgrounds that have helped to shape the labor movement. Together, we stand united, committed to fostering the inclusive and equitable environment for every member.

As we celebrate Black History Month, let us draw on inspiration from the past to propel us to a future for peace, solidarity, empowerment, and progress. Our union is testament to the power of unity, and by working together we make a positive difference in the labor movement and the world at large. We can build a brighter tomorrow for all.