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Archive for February 17th, 2011

Today we honor our very own National Vice President for Women’s and Fair Practices, Augusta Thomas.

Thomas was born in Louisville, Kentucky and moved to Atlanta, GA at the age of 13. It was there where she was classmates with then future civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr; known as “Little Martin” at the time. She went on to graduate from Central Colored High School, and attend Clark University’s Homer G. Phillips School of Nursing.

 In 1966, Thomas started her career in the federal government as a nurse at the Veteran’s Administration hospital in Louisville, KY. She joined AFGE the very same day. Since then, Thomas held almost every position available within her local, eventually being elected to her current position in August of 2009.

Because of Thomas’ continual hard work in the fields of human rights, AFGE’s 6th district has named an award in her honor, the Augusta Thomas Humanitarian Award. In addition, the Commonwealth of Kentucky has declared April 4th to be Augusta Thomas Day, recognizing her hard work in racial equality and economic development. 

We at AFGE are honored to have Augusta Thomas working on our side. Shes been an invaluable asset to the cause for years, and we are grateful for her efforts and tremendous dedication thus far.

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Today in Black History

On this day in:

1870 – Congress readmitted Mississippi on the grounds that is could never change its constitution to disenfranchise blacks.

1891 – Black Inventor, A. C. Richardson, invents the churn. (Patent #466,470)

1997 – Virginia retires its state song, Carry Me Back to Old Virginia,  a song that glorified slavery.

Check in tomorrow for more daily facts!

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