Coalition of Black Trade Unionists

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Duration: 1972 - current
Location: United States


The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) was founded in Chicago in 1972. In 1975, CBTU passed its first resolution in support of the South African Congress of Trade Unions (SACTU), the anti-apartheid labor federation in South Africa. Chapters of CBTU across the country and many of the leaders of CBTU, including William Lucy and Cleveland Robinson, were active in supporting the struggles for freedom in South Africa and Namibia. (Source: CBTU website and U.S. Trade Union Action Against Apartheid by Harold Rogers)

Organizational Archive


Title: Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Records
Time Span: 1972 - 1995
Media: 11 linear feet
Description: The records of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) include materials on these subjects: labor and civil rights movement, anti-apartheid movement, affirmative action programs, African-American political activity. There also are materials that document the work of TransAfrica. The records of CBTU were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs of the Walter P. Reuther Library in August and September of 2001 by CBTU President William Lucy and the CBTU Executive Council and were opened for research in March of 2002. A large number of photographs and some convention memorabilia received with the collection have been transferred to the Archives Audiovisual Department.
Housed At: Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University
Location: 5401 Cass Ave., Detroit MI 48202, United States
Catalog/Finding Aid: view
Phone: 313-577-4024
Reference Email: reutherreference@wayne.edu
Related Website: http://www.reuther.wayne.edu