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10,000 Black Men Named George screening in Grand Rapids 2/26

February 21, 2013

On Tuesday, the group Left Forum, will be hosting a screening of the film, 10,000 Black Men Named George.

10,000 Black Men Named George is the powerful true story of the first black-controlled union, The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.10000BlackMen

When the Great Depression struck America in the 1920s finding work was hard, but if you were poor and black it was virtually impossible. Working as a porter for the Pullman Rail Company was an option, but it meant taking home a third as much as white employees and working some days for free. You could forget about being called by your real name — all black porters were simply called “George” after George Pullman.

Philip Randolph, a black journalist and socialist trying to establish a voice for these forgotten workers, agrees to fight for the Pullman porters’ cause and form the first black union in America. Livelihoods and lives would be put at risk in the attempt to gain 10,000 signatures of the men known only as “George.” This is the true story of how a courageous leader came to be known as “the most dangerous man in America.”

Left Forum Film

10,000 Black Men Named George

Tuesday, February 26


Institute for Global Education

1118 Wealthy SE, Grand Rapids

This film is free and open to the public.

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