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CANCELED Richard Trumka, President, AFL-CIO

Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM (CST)

CANCELED Richard Trumka, President, AFL-CIO

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***This event has been canceled, President Trumka's flight to Minneapolis is canceled due to weather.***

"Free At Last? 
On the 100th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, Where Will We Be?"

Richard Trumka
President, AFL-CIO

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Thursday, February 20
5 - 6:30 p.m.
Cowles Auditorium
Humphrey School of Public Affairs 

Half a century ago, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, fundamentally changed America.  King championed the workers’ cause, and his words and impassioned work led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 

Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, the largest federation of unions in the United States, examines the connection between labor rights and civil rights. Trumka, a third-generation coal miner, argues for policy efforts to better ensure the right to vote, to guarantee unemployment insurance and a higher minimum wage, and changes in criminal justice to reduce levels of incarceration.

Trumka’s election to president of the AFL-CIO followed 15 years of service as the organization’s secretary-treasurer and capped his rise to leadership from humble beginnings in a small mining community in southwest Pennsylvania. As a young boy troubled by how mine workers were treated during the 1960s, Trumka told his grandfather he could grow up to be a lawyer and “stand up for workers’ rights.” He was elected president of the AFL-CIO by acclamation in 2009 and re-elected by delegates in 2013.

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Keeping Faith with a Legacy of Justice: This is one of several civil rights-related events the Humphrey School of Public Affairs will host as we approach the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. More so than any single law, this legislation was responsible for hastening the demise of de jure segregation in many parts of the country. No U.S. lawmaker was more responsible for passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 than Hubert H. Humphrey, and he regarded its passage as a crowning achievement of his political career. During 2014, the Humphrey School and community partners will sponsor a range of activities to mark the anniversary of this critically important legislation, recommit to civil rights principles, and increase awareness of contemporary civil rights issues.

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University of Minnesota
301 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM (CST)

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The Humphrey School of Public Affairs ranks among the top professional schools of public affairs at public universities in the country.  The School is widely recognized for its role in examining public issues and shaping policy and planning at the local, state, national, and international levels, as well as for providing leadership and management expertise to public and nonprofit organizations.

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