Black in the Day…A Pennsylvania Patriot

September 2, 1766: Black in the Day James Forten was born on September 2, 1766 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Thomas and Sarah Forten. He was born a free black man. Over the course of his lifetime, he would make a significant impact upon the fortunes of the American capitalist system and the livelihood of his contemporaries. Born free in the city, he became a sailmaker after the American Revolutionary War. Following an apprenticeship, he became the foreman and bought the sail loft when his boss retired. Based on equipment he himself had developed, he…

This Labor Day, Remember MLK’s Last Campaign Was for Workers’ Rights

Most Americans today know that Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was killed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968, but few know why he was there. King went to Memphis to support African American garbage workers, who were on strike to protest unsafe conditions, abusive white supervisors, and low wages — and to gain recognition for their union. Their picket signs relayed a simple but profound message: “I Am A Man.” As we celebrate Labor Day on Monday, let’s remember that King was committed to building bridges between the civil rights and…