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Pittsburgh and the Urban League MovementA Century of Social Service and Activism$
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Joe William Trotter

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813179919

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813179919.001.0001

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Establishing a New Social Service Regime

Establishing a New Social Service Regime

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Pittsburgh and the Urban League Movement

Joe William Trotter

University Press of Kentucky

The Urban League's fight for worker rights, household service employees, and low-income public housing deepened its ties with grassroots social movements and the larger civil rights agenda of the African American community. The Pittsburgh branch not only facilitated the emergence of the city's “Don't Buy Where You Can't Work” campaign, spearheaded by activist black women, but also advanced movements to demolish the color line in Pittsburgh's medical, educational, and defense programs. The Urban League's energetic engagement in these diverse but overlapping movements broadened the scope of its contributions to the development of the African American community and the transformation of black politics.

Keywords:   Workers Rights, Public Housing, Boycotts, Health, Education, Race Relations, Labor Relations

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