But for the Teamsters Union, black history isnít just an add on to our story or a recognition of advancements. It is part of the core of our history.

Black and white Teamsters rallied together after the Civil War to improve conditions, starting the first independent team driver locals.

Black teamsters (and women teamsters for that matter) were part of the original conventions forming the Team Drivers International Union in 1898 and its spin-off The National Teamsters Union in 1902.

T.A. Stowers, a black delegate from Chicago was a leading voice at the 1903 convention to create the Teamsters Union as we know it today. He helped write the unionís constitution, yet few have heard of him.

Stowers was the force behind adopting a creed vastly different from other unions, allowing members of any race, creed, gender or religion into the Teamsters. Thatís a mainstay of our history and should be remembered.

Black and white Teamsters worked together in hard times and in war times. Black and white Teamsters marched together for jobs, justice and equality. Black and white Teamsters rode buses together to Washington DC to lobby for labor and to fight anti-union forces. That is our collective history and members need to know it.
Black History Month means more to Teamsters