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35th Annual Union Hall of Honor

35th Annual Union Hall of Honor Awards Dinner

Ticket sales for the 2016 Union Hall of Honor are now closed.  

We look forward to seeing you next year, and you can donate to SUPPORT THE UHH Here


Illinois Labor and the Great Migration: 100 Years

2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Migration, when seven million African Americans left the rural South for the urban Northeast, Midwest, and West. By 1970, more than half a million black southerners moved to Chicago, building the area known as the Black Metropolis, the neighborhood of Bronzeville. Others settled in cities and towns throughout Illinois. These black workers came north looking for better economic opportunities for themselves and their families.  But often what they found was unequal treatment in schooling, housing, on the job and in many unions.  The ILHS honors those workers who challenged work-place discrimination and who organized to build a more inclusive labor movement. 

2016 Union Hall of Honor Inductees

Timuel Black, a Chicago leader in both the Civil Rights and Labor Movements, a member of the Chicago Teachers Union who organized against school segregation and helped organize the City Colleges of Chicago, and the author of Bridges of Memory: Chicago’s First Wave of Black Migration, which collects oral histories of memories Chicago and the Great Migration.

Milton McDaniel, the first black fireman and then engineer for the Illinois Central Railroad north of the Ohio River, earned his 40-year pin from United Transportation Union, and co-founded the African American Museum of Southern Illinois in Carbondale.

Elwood Flowers, Sr. a train operator for Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), who served as President of Amalgamated Transit Union 308, Vice-President of the Illinois AFL-CIO, and was active in the Chicago Coalition for Black Trade Unionists .

Elcosie Gresham, a street car driver for CTA, who served as President of Amalgamated Transit Union 241 and was active in both the Chicago Federation of Labor andIllinois AFL-CIO.

Thank you for your continued support to the mission of the Illinois Labor History Society.
If you are unable to attend this year’s event, please consider making a tax-deductible donation.
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