Celebrate People's History: The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters

Artwork
Identifier:
2020.23.11
Artist:
Meredith Stern
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
Date:
December 2004
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 16.5" Width: 10.75"
Description:
A brown, blue and white poster that contains many small images and text boxes. At the top left side is a title that says, "Begun 1925 The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (& maids)" and below that is “Built the groundwork for the U.S. civil rights movement". There are different people doing different things under a different descriptor. The text boxes say, "Joined by women in the black community of Chicago from the Ladies Auxiliary to the Alpha Suffrage Club, the union gained support & members” “Power concedes nothing without a demand.” “Power concedes nothing without a struggle, never has, never will.” - Frederick Douglass “The brotherhood was a labor based movement seeking civil & economic rights for African Americans” “They were the first Black union to meet with a major U.S. CO. and negotiate a new contract”
Historical Context:
The Celebrate People’s History posters are rooted in the do-it-yourself tradition of mass-produced political propaganda. These posters embody democracy, inclusion, and group participation in the writing and interpretation of the past. Unlike most political posters, the posters part of the Celebrate People’s History series tell the stories of the underdogs, those individuals and groups helping to move forward the collective struggle of humanity to create a more just world. For 20 years, over 130 different posters have been displayed on the streets of over a dozen cities representing over 150 artists and writers. The Celebrate People’s History Poster Series has been organized and curated by Josh MacPhee since 1998.