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Today in black history: Ali becomes heavyweight champion of the world

An activist, showman, and cultural icon, Ali was stripped of his title a few years later for refusing to fight in Vietnam.

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Today in labor history: Mandela released

By that time deputy national president of the ANC, Mandela helped to form Spear of the Nation, the armed wing of the Congress.

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Today in labor history: First Black reporter covers White House

Harry S. McAlpin made history when he became the first African American journalist admitted to a White House press conference.

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Today in labor history: Bob Marley, champion of the oppressed, is born

Bob Marley, who introduced reggae to the world and gave voice to the passion of oppressed people, was born 68 years ago in the Jamaican village of Nine Mile.

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Today in Labor History: 12,000 on strike in Texas

On this day in 1938, 12,000 pecan shellers in San Antonio, Texas, went on strike in 400 locations.

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Today in labor history: Gravediggers’ strike ends

Nearly 1,100 burials were delayed after negotiations between the two groups broke down and workers were locked out of the association's 26 cemeteries.

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Today in labor history: Jackson uses troops vs. workers

The workers were protesting not just their low pay but also the intolerable working conditions on an important canal construction project.

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Today in labor history: Jackie Robinson inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Robinson was the first African American to play major league baseball

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Today in Labor History: Court rules workers can be imprisoned without charge

The court ruled that U.S. citizens could be imprisoned without probable cause and denied their right to habeas corpus during a time of "insurrection."

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