Nelson Edwards

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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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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, James Dray that was quite a feat for a man of color to rise through the ranks of such a highly political and tough organization....sad to read that was what caused his demise.....

Nov 01, 2019 03:27 AM #1
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Barbara Tattersall
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I'm assuming his death was no accident. I hope his family got justice.

Nov 01, 2019 04:02 AM #2
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Roy Kelley
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Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Have a great day and a very special weekend.

Nov 01, 2019 04:27 AM #3
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning James. Great leaders find a way. Nelson was part of that group! Enjoy your day!

Nov 01, 2019 04:31 AM #4
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Donald Urschalitz
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He sure was a hard worker and it was great to see him rise in the ranks.

Nov 01, 2019 04:57 AM #5
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Raymond E. Camp
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Good morning James,

Must have been a people person to rise through the ranks.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Nov 01, 2019 05:03 AM #6
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Nina Hollander
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Good morning, James... sounds like Nelson had quite an adventurous life in the early days of unions.

Nov 01, 2019 05:21 AM #7
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello James - an interesting history and rise in the ranks, I wonder about the circumstances about his death.  

Nov 01, 2019 06:10 AM #8
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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James,

Another outstanding person in history.  I am a firm believer that if more people focused on good news and great achievements, we would all feel better and get along better. A

Nov 01, 2019 07:06 AM #9
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James,

Thanks for sharing such an interesting story.

Nov 01, 2019 07:09 AM #10
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Brian England
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I don't know much at all about unions, but I guess they are good for protecting the rights of workers.

Nov 01, 2019 07:24 AM #11
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Good morning again James. This is a great read and a very motivated guy as well.

Nov 01, 2019 07:43 AM #12
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Hi James Dray,

I am sorry to hear that he died so tragically. 

Nov 01, 2019 07:57 AM #13
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Hi James- I'm with Ron and Alexandra Seigel we need to focus on people like Nelson. Focus on the people who had a positive influence. 

Nov 01, 2019 10:06 AM #14
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Hi James:

That was an impressive accomplishment - the UAW is a tough organization (my wife worked at GM years ago when we lived in MI and I heard all kinds of stories.

Jeff

Nov 01, 2019 12:32 PM #15
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Getting laid off definitely didn't slow Nelson down. It just provided extra fuel to propel him to bigger things.

Nov 01, 2019 01:25 PM #17
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Good afternoon James - understanding labor relations he definately had to know is was in a dangerous situation.

Nov 01, 2019 03:25 PM #18
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For an African American to rise in the Union ranks to the lofty position that Mr. Edwards did was quite an achievement in those days. 

 

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