By Mindy Thompson Fullilove
Ernest Thompson (1906-1971) grew up at the japanese Shore of Maryland, on a farm that have been given to his kin on the finish of the Civil battle. The kinfolk was once very negative and oppressed by means of racist practices. Thompson was firm to break out and to procure strength. He migrated to Jersey urban, the place he grew to become a part of the union organizing circulate that equipped the Congress of business Unions (CIO). He turned the 1st African American to carry a fulltime organizing place together with his union, the United electric Radio and computing device employees of the US (UE). He ultimately headed UE’s leading edge reasonable Employment Practices software and fought for equivalent rights and pay for girls and minority staff. Thompson additionally helped construct the nationwide Negro exertions Council, 1951-1956, and served as its director of organizing. In 1956, less than the onslaught of the McCarthy period, UE was once cut up in , and Thompson misplaced his task. His spouse, Margaret Thompson, introduced the neighborhood tuition segregation to his consciousness. Ernie “Home” Thompson equipped to desegregate the local colleges, development powerful coalitions and political energy for the black group that finally served all of the humans of Orange.
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