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Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO President

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

February 19, 2014

Media note: Media availability at 4:30 p.m. upon request. 

What: 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 as we near the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Where: Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Cowles Auditorium; 301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455

When: Thursday, February 20, 2014; 5 – 6:30 p.m.

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, AFL-CIO president and 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.

This event coincides with the Humphrey School of Public Affairs’ year-long theme "Keeping Faith with a Legacy of Justice," a series of civil rights-related events the Humphrey School 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 United States 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.

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota is one of the country’s top-ranked professional public policy and planning schools. The School is long noted for equipping students to play key roles in public life at the local, state, national, and global level and offers five distinctive master’s degrees, a doctoral degree, and four certificate programs. www.hhh.umn.edu.

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