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Dubinsky, David

b. 1892 - d. 1982

David Dubinsky, a Russian immigrant, was a human rights activist in the labor movement. Imprisoned and exiled for union activities in Russia, he came to New York where he worked in the garment industry. For decades he was the leader of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union (ILGWU). Dubinsky was one of the founders of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) and the American Labor Party. He was an effective foe of racism, leading many workers into the civil rights struggle. Thousands of ILGWU members participated in the 1963 March on Washington. Dubinsky’s organizing abilities and leadership in workers’ rights were so influential that he was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969.

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A Union Treasurer Writes MLK Regarding the SCLC Convention

Cleveland Robinson, Secretary Treasurer of AFL-CIO District 65 Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, writes to Dr. King with several suggestions for the upcoming SCLC convention.

Herbert Hill Statement Before the House Committee on Education and Labor

Herbert Hill, National Labor Director for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, addresses the House Committee on Education and Labor regarding the questionable practices conducted by the leadership of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.

Letter from MLK to David Dubinsky of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union

Dr. King thanks David Dubinsky of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union for their thoughtful donation to SCLC. The contribution will be used to assist the SCLC in voter registration, direct action and other methods to combat racial injustice.