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AFGE Celebrates Its Own Black History

In the 1940s, segregation in Washington, DC was widespread and African Americans were limited to blue-collar jobs while white Americans held professional positions. In 1968, AFGE members voted to create the Fair Practices Department in response to racist policies and practices in the federal government.

The labor movement is always compared with the civil rights movement in that both promote equal rights, integration, and fairness. AFGE’s National Vice President for the Women’s and Fair Practices, Augusta Thomas, is a representation of the link between the two movements.

National Vice President Augusta Thomas

In 1960, NVP Thomas and her sister traveled hundreds of miles from Kentucky to participate in the famous Greensboro, NC sit-ins.

She recalled the sit-ins in an interview a few years ago. “February the 12th, I sat in. February 13th I sat in and both days I got spit on, I got knocked off the stool, I back up, I got back on the stool,” said NVP Thomas. “They knocked us off, they would kick us and they would take sticks and beat us.”

NVP Thomas even went to jail with other protestors on Valentine’s Day in 1960. “I knew that I could have been jailed for the rest of my life,” she said. “I could have been killed but I felt that I had a job to do in order to help other people.”

Thomas was elected to lead the Women’s and Fair Practices department in 2009 and is dedicated to protecting the civil, human, women’s and workers’ rights of federal and D.C. government workers.

AFGE Black History Fact:

  • AFGE Local 383 was founded in 1937 by African Americans at the Industrial Home School in Blue Plains in Washington, DC.

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