Nelson Edwards was born on a farm in Lowndes County, Alabama back in 1917. I don’t have any information as to his parents, childhood or schooling, but apparently, he was a bright man. In 1937, he moved to Detroit working at a Chrysler plant. He became involved in the UAW union rising through the ranks.
He was elected UAW Union steward at the Chrysler plant. He was laid off in 1941 when he became active at the Ford Motor Company, serving as the local’s education, citizenship and by-laws committee. In 1947, he became the International Representative assigned to Region 1A. he served in that capacity for 14 years. In 1970, he was elected Vice President of the UAW. In 1974, he was killed by a gunman.
What you may not know about Nelson is that he was the first African-American to hold the position of Vice President of the UAW, he also founded the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.
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