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Principal's Message


Labor Day weekend is our first 3-day weekend of the year and a chance to rest and honor the history of workers’ rights. Chicago had a pivotal role in the labor movement with the first all-Black labor union in the US (Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters), in 1925 to address low wages, long hours, and mistreatment from passengers. By 1935, the BSCP was the first African American union organization to be granted membership into the American Federation of Labor and assisted the Great Migration by dispersing information about job opportunities and greater equality for Black people in the North. Black women and men, such as Nannie Helen Burroughs and A. Philip Randolph, recognized that bettering the lives of working people required dismantling systemic racial, class, and gender inequalities in all institutions.

At NTA, our staff is always dedicated to providing True history and elevating Black stories to our students. Here are some resources that were shared with staff and that you can access to continue the learning at home.