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Document Details


Title: Walter Williams
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: California State University, Long Beach. Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive
Collection: Labor History: Desegregating Unions during WWII
Description: Walter Williams, a leading civil rights activist in the CIO and prominent member of the Negro Victory Committee, was born in the 1920s into a poor Black family. He began working in the LA produce district at the age of 13. In 1939, he joined the Teamsters Union, Local 630, but soon lost his job because of discriminatory practices. He later worked at Magnus Brass and Lead, where he led an organizing drive for the Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers (CIO). He then went to work at the shipyards, and became the chairman of the Committee for Equal Participation, the group that led the boycott and legal action against the Boilermakers Jim Crow Auxiliary 35.
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Speaker: Williams, Walter, 1925(?)-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1925
Speaker race: Black
Speaker occupation: Activist; Labor leader
Document date: Undated
Organizations discussed: International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers
Locations discussed: North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: African American civil rights workers; African American labor union members; Civil rights--United States; International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers; Labor unions--Officials and employees; Labor unions--Organizing; Labor unions--United States; North America; Oral history; Political activists; United States
ASP release: 2007-01
Document code: OHI0035162-38730