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Helstein, Ralph

b. 1908 - d. 1985

Ralph Helstein, president of the United Packinghouse Workers of America (UPWA) for over 20 years, was one of Dr. King’s closest advisors. Helstein made equal rights for minorities a priority. King spoke at the union’s Anti-Discrimination Conference in 1957. UPWA made a large financial gift to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), enabling the SCLC to begin work across the South. Helstein advised King on strategy and helped draft public statements as part of a small inner circle called the “research committee.” When UPWA was investigated by the House Un-American Activities Committee, King publicly supported the union. He addressed the UPWA Constitutional Convention in Minneapolis in May 1962. Helstein served on the board of the Gandhi Society for Human Rights and chaired the union’s Russell Bull Scholarship Commission.

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A. Philip Randolph Institute Minutes

These meeting minutes of the Executive Board of the A. Philip Randolph Institute include discussions on the urgent need for legislative action on the Freedom Budget, a possible theoretical and analytical magazine on the Negro struggle for equality, and celebration of Mr. Randolph's 80th birthday.

Citizens' Crusade Against Poverty

The Citizens' Crusade Against Poverty Commission on Community Activity and Organization lists various members from different organizations.

Judith Ann Jones Writes Mr. Ralph Helstein Inquiring About Consideration for a Scholarship.

College Student Judith Ann Jones writes Ralph Helstein, President of United Packinghouse, Food and Allied Workers, about the Russell H. Bull Scholarship. She explains how she plans to use the scholarship to further encourage others to be more racially tolerant.

Letter from Edna Smith to Ralph Helstein

In this letter, Edna Smith writes to Mr. Helstein regarding Dorothy Ashford's participation in the Civil Rights Movement. Ashford is a student at Clemson University, who previously worked with the South Carolina Council on Human Relations.

Letter from Melvin Kennedy to Mr. Ralph Helstein Recommending a Student Scholarship

Melvin Kennedy, Chairman of the Department of History at Morehouse College, recommends a student for a United Packinghouse Scholarship.

Preliminary Outline for a Conference on Democratic Planning For America

This preliminary outline features a number of keynote dignitaries and leaders who will address a number of economic, labor, and social justice issues during the three-day Conference on Democratic Planning for America.

Recommendation from Laplois Ashford

The Executive Director of the Urban League of Rochester writes this letter of recommendation to the President of United Packinghouse, Food and Allied Workers on behalf of Bernice Turner.

Russell H. Bull $1000 Scholarship

This pamphlet provides information on the Russell Bull $1,000 scholarship that is awarded by the United Packinghouse Food and Allied Workers, AFL-CIO. The annual scholarship is awarded to a high school or college student in financial need who displays outstanding contributions in civil rights. Dr. King is listed as one of the members of the Public Review Advisory Commission that administers the scholarship.

Western Union Telegram from James McDaniel to MLK

Mr. McDaniel invites Dr. King to serve as a member of the executive committee of the National Citizens Committee for the Child Development Program in Mississippi.