On April 8, 1935, with the nation in the depths of the Depression, Congress voted to approve the Works Progress Administration.
On this day in 1989, the United Mine Workers began their historic strike against Pittston Coal.
An assassin's bullet felled the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1968. King had come to Memphis to support a strike by the city's sanitation workers.
Striking silk mill workers in Paterson, New Jersey were increasingly at odds with police, who repeatedly crushed their efforts to hold rallies.
Hundreds of workers seeking higher pay and a nine-hour day gathered in the street near the Draper Corp. loom-making plant.
The South African government honored longtime International Longshore and Warehouse Union activist Leo Robinson with its Nelson Mandela Humanitarian Award.
The revamp will meet the conditions of changing workplaces, extend labor's reach, and shift its emphasis within the federation to more inter-union and regional cooperation.
An activist, showman, and cultural icon, Ali was stripped of his title a few years later for refusing to fight in Vietnam.
By that time deputy national president of the ANC, Mandela helped to form Spear of the Nation, the armed wing of the Congress.
Harry S. McAlpin made history when he became the first African American journalist admitted to a White House press conference.