Updated: Feb 5, 2021
I am happy to present Part 2 of the Pullman Porters' Stairwell Teatro Episode. If you haven't watched Part 1, you can do so now by clicking here. This blog provides additional information about the Porters' extraordinary work for economic and racial justice along with links to articles, news clips, and the movie 10,000 Men Named George, which you can watch on YouTube.
Although I had planned to complete Part 2 several weeks ago, the assault on the Capitol and the attempted coup, the Impeachment, and the transition made it challenging to focus on much beyond the news cycle. Fortunately, President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris took office with no incident, or violence, on an inspiring and hopeful day.
Despite unprecedented challenges, our nation is moving in the right direction. All of us can contribute in multiple ways to get Covid-19 under control: from wearing our masks, washing/sanitizing our hands, avoiding travel and socializing, and getting vaccinated.
And let's continue our work building a just and fair society as we heed the words of A. Phillip Randolph, the brilliant organizer of the Pullman Porters, who served as the union president for decades.
The Pullman Porters and their union spent a century, 101 years to be exact, demanding better working conditions and dignity and respect for the Black community. They laid the groundwork for the civil rights movement and helped us realize this moment. I am so grateful for their contributions.
Gracias. I appreciate your reading my blog and watching my Stairwell Teatro. If you enjoy reading my blog or the video episodes, please share them with your friends and family.