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October 10, 2018 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Category: Lecture
Location: Mexicantown Community Development Corporation Suite 895
2835 Bagley
Detroit, Mi 48216
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Invite Only, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

The Power of Organized Labor at Wayne

Wayne State University celebrates its own sesquicentennial by highlighting the Walter P. Reuther Library with two programs featuring the rural agricultural collections of the United Farm Workers (UFW) and the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) on October 10, and the urban industrial collection of the United Auto Workers (UAW) on October 17.

Raised in a family of migrant farmworkers, Baldemar Velásquez rose to become an internationally recognized leader in the farmworker and immigrant rights movements. He founded the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) in 1967. FLOC has made international labor history in multi-party collective bargaining agreements and the representation of H2A international guest workers. Baldemar’s philosophy of non-violence and inclusive negotiations with employers has made him the legitimate successor to César Chávez as spokesperson for the human rights of all peoples. His awards include a John D. and Catherine T.
MacArthur Fellowship, a Development of People Award by the Campaign for Human Development of the U.S. Catholic Conference, an Aguila Azteca Award by the Government of México, and Honorary Doctorates from Bowling Green State University, Bluffton University, and University of Toledo. In 2009 Baldemar was elected to the AFL-CIO Executive Council.


Program of Events

6 p.m. -6:30 p.m. Welcoming Ceremonies: There is No Future Without a History
Welcome to MCDC,
Ray Lozano, Executive Director, Mexicantown Community Development Corporation
Overview and Introductions, Moderator,
Dr. Jorge L. Chinea, Director, Center for Latina/o and Latin American Studies, Wayne State University
Welcome on Behalf of the Reuther Library,
Virginia C. Thomas, Director, Neef Law Library, Interim Director, Reuther Library
Presentation of Lifetime Achievement Award in Social Justice to Baldemar Velásquez
by Jorge L. Chinea and Virginia Thomas
Acceptance Remarks, Baldemar Velásquez, President, Farm Labor Organizing Committee
6:30 p.m. -7 p.m. Successful Strategies for Organizing Farmworkers
Dr. Dionicio Nodin Valdés, Professor of Latina/o History, MSU, ret.
7 p.m. -7:20 p.m. What the Public Can Find in the UFW and FLOC collections
Kathleen Schmeling, Reuther Library Archivist
7:20 p.m. -7:40 p.m. The Farmworkers’ Movements in Detroit
Elena Herrada, MA, Industrial Relations, Farmworkers’ Support Committee
7:40-8:00 Comments from the Audience
Program organized by the Center for Latina/o and Latin American Studies


Sponsoring Organizations

Sesquicentennial Committee
Center for Latina/o and Latin American Studies
Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Aairs
Department of History
North American Labor History Conference
University Libraries
Oce of Diversity and Inclusion
Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC)
Mexicantown Community Development Corporation
El Central Hispanic News

For more information about this event, please contact Alison Stankrauff at (313) 577-4027 or