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Walter P. Reuther

President, United Auto Workers Union (UAW) - 1946-1970

— The Road to Equality Runs Through Atlantic City —

 
 
Walter P. Reuther Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), January 22, 2022
1. Walter P. Reuther Marker
Inscription.  
"this is not the fight of the Negro members of this Union; this is the fight of the whole UAW and we are all going to be involved in it, because we believe that it is not a political question; it is a moral question"
Walter P. Reuther addressing the 1962 UAW Convention in support of a 10-point resolution adopted in support of the Civil Rights Movement.

The early sixties saw the Civil Rights and Labor movements continue to work together in the fight for equality. The UAW called upon our nation's leadership to enact the following:
1) Democrat and Republican officials honor their commitment to Civil Rights Reform made during their respective 1960 conventions.
2) Congress to enact recommendations of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.
3) Executive Order ending discrimination in Federal Housing & Education and Congress to and support of segregated hospitals.
4) Complete integration of Armed Forces.
5) Congress to pursue a full legislative program guaranteeing Civil Rights.
6) End abuse of Senate Rule #22 (filibuster) by enemies of
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Civil Rights.
7) Congress to immediately end school segregation in every school district in the nation.
8) Congress to adopt 1957 Civil Rights law in its entirety to promote de-segregation.
9) Demand AFL-CIO compliance with its own constitution barring discrimination.
10) Encourage continuation of non-violent resistance and condemn state officials who intimidate or suppress peaceful protest.

The 1962 Convention Headquarters was The Ambassador Hotel, now incorporated into the Tropicana Hotel and Casino.

Walter Reuther was a guest of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, located across the street from the Ambassador.

The Convention was held at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

Walter Reuther and the UAW Marched with Dr. King in the Detroit Freedom March and the March on Washington in Washington in 1963.
 
Erected 2002 by C. Robert McDevitt, President, Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Local 54; Geri Ochocinska, Regional Director UAW Region 9; Councilman Dennis Mason, Ward 5.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Civil RightsGovernment & PoliticsLabor UnionsNotable Events. In addition, it is included in the Martin Luther King, Jr. series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1962.
 
Location.
Walter P. Reuther Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), January 22, 2022
2. Walter P. Reuther Marker
39° 21.228′ N, 74° 26.258′ W. Marker is in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in Atlantic County. Marker is on Boardwalk just west of South Mississippi Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Atlantic City NJ 08401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A. Phillip Randolph (here, next to this marker); Atlantic City Workers Monument (here, next to this marker); Workers' Memorial Monument (a few steps from this marker); John L. Lewis (a few steps from this marker); Fannie Lou Hamer (a few steps from this marker); World War II Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Casino Control Act (within shouting distance of this marker); Seymour "Pinky" Kravitz (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlantic City.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 23, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 101 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 23, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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