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C. L. Dellums

January 3, 1900 – December 6, 1989

 
 
C. L. Dellums Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 9, 2014
1. C. L. Dellums Marker
Inscription.
I am the Master of my fate / I am the Captain of my soul

Sculptor: Carol Tarzier

Funded by Federal Transportation Enhancement Activities Grant
Commissioned by City of Oakland Public Works Agency


encircling the base

1923 - Arrives in Oakland
1925 - Organizes Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters on the West Coast
1929 - Vice President of Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters until 1958
1941 - Begins Battle for Fair Employment Practices
1948 - Chairman of the West Coast NAACP
1959 - Serves as Fair Employment Practices Commission until 1986

 
Erected by City of Oakland Public Works Agency.
 
Location. 37° 47.635′ N, 122° 16.307′ W. Marker is in Oakland, California, in Alameda County. Marker is on Second Street near Alice Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 245 Second Street, Oakland CA 94607, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Oakland Rails (a few steps from this marker); Heinolds’ First and Last Chance Saloon (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jack London (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jack London’s Cabin
C. L. Dellums Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 9, 2014
2. C. L. Dellums Marker
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Jack London Square Development (approx. 0.2 miles away); Oakland Railroad History (approx. ¼ mile away); Pony Express Ferry "Oakland" (approx. 0.3 miles away); Live Oak Lodge U.D (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Oakland.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located in the plaza in front of the Dellums Amtrak Station.
 
Also see . . .  Dellums, C.L. (1900-1989) - Black Past. The low pay and poor working conditions prompted Dellums to join the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, then being organized by A. Philip Randolph. Upon hearing of his joining the union, he was fired by the Pullman Company. The Brotherhood then hired Dellums to work full time as a union organizer. (Submitted on January 18, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansLabor Unions
 
C. L. Dellums Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 9, 2014
3. C. L. Dellums Plaque
This plaque is located in the lobby of the Delllums Amtrak Station

C. L. Dellums
1900 – 1980
Dellums, a porter fired by the Pullman Company in 1927 for his organizing activities, co-founded the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters in 1937, the first labor union established and led by African Americans. He worked to assure defense jobs for minorities during World War II, and led the NAACP for the West Coast Region as its founding president.
Lobby of the C. L. Dellums Amtrak Station image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 9, 2014
4. Lobby of the C. L. Dellums Amtrak Station
Boulder with a Missing Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 9, 2014
5. Boulder with a Missing Plaque
located near the Dellums Amtrak Station.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 506 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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