Quill Pettway, labor organizer and civil rights pioneer was part of a generation of Communists and radicals who made Detroit's rich labor and civil rights history.
Over 3000 marchers and tens of thousands of observers lined up along Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in solidarity with the theme Black Lives Matter.
On January 13 in 1869 over 200 black delegates met in Washington D.C. to form the National Labor Union; the word "colored" was added by the establishment press.
It is the only national museum devoted to the study of black life and culture.
American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten was arrested Dec. 4, in New York City while protesting the lack of justice in the recent police shootings.
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, 42 years old, was arrested in Montgomery, Ala., for refusing to give up her seat on a public bus.
"From Ferguson to Bentonville and across the country, black youth, Walmart workers, and allies are self-organizing to fight back."
On this day in 1831, Nat Turner, leader of one of the largest slave revolts in U.S. history was captured.
"I'm going to stray from my usual convention speech; I'm going to talk about something that may be difficult and uncomfortable, but what I'm going to say needs to be said."
On this day in 1963, in East St. Louis, Illinois, 200 people - 170 of them female, and majority African-American - engaged in a sit-in protest.