On this day in 1966, civil rights activist James Meredith was shot while leading the March Against Fear from Memphis to Jackson.
Songs like "Blowin' in the Wind," and "The Times, They Are a-Changin'" became powerful anthems of the social struggles and anti-war sentiment of Dylan's era.
Labor activist Eugene V. Debs was imprisoned May 22, 1895, for his role in the Pullman strike.
On May 14, 1961, Freedom Riders were brutally attacked by violent, well-armed and organized mobs of Klansmen and other terrorists in Anniston and Birmingham, Ala., with the support of local law enforcement and politicians.
Representing the Pullman Porters, the Brotherhood was the first African-American labor union to sign a collective bargaining agreement with a major U.S. corporation.
Writing in The Crisis, W.E.B. Du Bois described the upsurge among Black women and men tobacco workers as part of the great industrial union organizing drives.
In the home of Disney World, hundreds of immigrants rally on May Day to demand the "right to work, right to live and right to stay together."
"When people use the word "immigrant" as an insult or as a way to degrade people - I take it personally."
The workers were protesting at the South Carolina Medical College Hospital demanding wage increases and union recognition.
Several plan to quiz Perez on his stewardship of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, which he now heads.