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Guide to the Theresa El-Amin Papers, 1960s-2010

Abstract

Activist and union organizer who was involved with the Coalition of Labor Union Women, the Service Employees International Union, the Black Radical Congress, the Black Workers for Justice, Jobs with Justice, Solidarity, and the Durham NAACP. El-Amin was also a founding member of the Labor Party and the Southern Anti-Racism Network.

Organizational and subject files from El-Amin's years of activism and organizing in the Service Employees International Union, the Black Radical Congress, the Southern Anti-Racism Network, and numerous other groups and causes. Also includes publications, photographs, videotapes, and correspondence.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
El-Amin, Theresa.
Title
Theresa El-Amin papers, 1960s-2010
Language of Material
English
Extent
30 Linear Feet, 22,500 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The Theresa El-Amin Papers have been divided into series: Organizations and Movements, Subject Files, Conferences, Personal Files and Correspondence, Printed Materials, Photographs and Audiovisual, Black Liberation Historical Documents, Realia, and Oversize Materials. The largest series, Organizations and Movements, features materials from El-Amin's long career as an activist and union organizer with groups such as Black Workers for Justice, the Service Employees International Union, Jobs with Justice, the Green Party of the United States, the NAACP, the Coalition of Labor Union Women, the Black Radical Congress, Solidarity, and the Southern Anti-Racism Network. Other highlights of the Organizations and Movements series include the Black Liberation movement and the Free Mumia Abu-Jamal movement. There are also numerous other groups and movements represented within this series. Contents typically include handouts and fliers from various events; email correspondence; reports and publications from different groups, including some newsletters; and clippings with coverage of different campaigns and activities.

The Subject Files series was largely created by El-Amin, with additional subjects added in processing to account for loose pages in the collection. Topics heavily represented include Muhammad Ahmad, community organizing and its many components, healthcare, South Africa and apartheid, North Carolina, and workplace safety. There are also subject files for several countries, as well as materials about Hurricane Katrina.

The Printed Materials series includes newsletters, magazines, journals, fliers, handouts, and other miscellaneous materials from a wide variety of sources. The first box contains runs of various periodicals, including Forward Motion, In Defense of Marxism, and Labor Notes. These runs are incomplete and represent only a sampling of the publication. The second box of printed materials relates largely to El-Amin's union involvement, and features miscellaneous union publications from the 1980s-2000s. There is a small amount of earlier material, mainly in the Historical Pamphlets folder, which includes publications on desegregation and its impact on unions. The remainder of the series is also largely miscellaneous, with one or two issues of a wide range of newsletters, magazines, or organizational reports.

The small Conferences series contains conference books, fliers, correspondence, and handouts from various conferences El-Amin attended between 1985 and 2010. There is some overlap between this series and the Organizations and Movements series. Another small series is El-Amin's Personal Files and Correspondence, which consists largely of certificates and other remnants of her professional organizing education and career. This series also includes copies of her resumes and a 1997 oral history transcript.

The Photographs and Audiovisual Materials series includes large amounts of loose photographs, labeled by El-Amin, documenting many of the organizations, activities, and events referenced in earlier portions of the collection. It also includes some personal photographs of El-Amin's family and friends. The VHS tapes in this series document a range of protests and issues important to the BWFJ and El-Amin's union organizing.

Articles and pamphlets acquired by El-Amin relating to the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation movement of the 1960s are included in the Black Liberation Historical Documents series. Highlights include a transcript of Stokely Carmichael, Chairman of SNCC, speaking at the 1966 Berkeley conference on "Black Power and its Challenges." Includes articles on the condition of African Americans by Bayard Rustin, as well as coverage of the Watts riot and recovery of the Watts area. Also includes several issues of Commentary Reports from the 1960s.

The Realia series is largely unsorted, but includes three boxes of t-shirts and one box of buttons and other ephemera collected by El-Amin in her years as an activist.

Finally, the Oversize Materials contains objects withdrawn from their respective series due to their large size. These include Jobs with Justice foam boards and posters.

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Contents of the Collection

Materials in the Organizations and Movements series are from the numerous organizations and unions that El-Amin either organized for or worked with, including the Black Radical Congress, Service Employees International Union and its Organize the South campaign, Solidarity, the Coalition of Labor Union Women, the Southern Anti-Racism Network, the Ella Baker Tour, the Black Workers for Justice, and Jobs with Justice. Also includes materials from the Black Liberation movement and the movement to free Mumia Abu-Jamal. Materials include correspondence, particularly email printouts; fliers and handouts; reports and other printed material about various issues or missions within each organization; pamphlets and booklets; periodicals, including incomplete runs of BWFJ's Justice Speaks, the Solidarity Bulletins, and various SEIU magazines; union contracts; clippings and press coverage; and other miscellaneous loose material. Series has been arranged alphabetically by organization or group.

A second series in this collection related to the Black Liberation movement is the Black Liberation Historical Documents series, which is described in further detail below. There are also more organization publications and newsletters in the Printed Materials series.

AFL-CIO, 1993-1996
Box 1
AFL-CIO Rhode Island, 1986
Box 1
AFSCME privitization and welfare publications, 1996
Box 1
A. Philip Randolph Institute, 1988-1989
Box 1
Black Liberation, 1970s-2000s

Includes a wide variety of publications, reports, meeting minutes, notes, and other printed material discussing the Black Liberation movement, its origina, and its activities. Includes articles discussing socialism and communism as they related to the condition of African Americans.

(10 folders)
Box 1
Black Radical Congress, 1998-2000s
(3 folders)
Box 1
Black Radical Congress, National Organizing Conference, 2000
Box 1
Black Radical Congress conference, 2008
Box 1
Black Rank and File Exchange, 1987-1989
Box 1
Black Solidarity Against the War, 2003
Box 1
Justice Speaks newsletters, 1987-1994
(3 folders)
Box 1
Justice Speaks newsletters, 1994-2008
(2 folders)
Box 2
Justice Speaks correspondence and administration, 1993
Box 2
Correspondence, miscellaneous, 1982-1990
Box 2
Telephone numbers
Box 2
Membership
Box 2
National Steering Committee, 1989-1991, 1993-1995
(7 folders)
Box 2
Chapter tasks
Box 2
Fact sheets
Box 2
Bills/banking
Box 2
Fliers and reports
Box 2
Organizing Committee, 1983-1985
Box 2
Schlage Lock, 1988
Box 2
Independent politics, 1988
Box 2
Workers Want Fairness Campaign, 1989 and undated
(2 folders)
Box 2
Workers schools
Box 2
Retreats, 1991-1992
(2 folders)
Box 2
Martin Luther King Banquets, 1990-2006
(2 folders)
Box 2
NC Occupational Health and Safety project, 1989
Box 2
Keysville (Ga.), 1990 and undated
Box 2
Rocky Mt. (NC) Undergarment, 1991-1992
Box 2
Ina Mae Best tour, 1991-1992
Box 2
Raleigh City Workers, 1992
Box 2
Standard Products plant, Rocky Mt. (NC), 1993
Box 2
Living Wage Campaign, 1996
Box 2
Atlanta Olympics, 1996
Box 2
Other Southern struggles, 1990-1991
Box 2
New England solidarity
Box 2
Rhode Island Support Committee, 1991-1993
(3 folders)
Box 2
Midwest Tour, 1989-1990
(2 folders)
Box 2
Midwest Tour, 1990
Box 3
Organize the South, 1989-1997
(2 folders)
Box 3
Organize the South-Justice for Hamlet, 1992
Box 3
Organize the South research, 1996-1997
(2 folders)
Box 3
Organize the South postcards, 1996
Box 3
Marc Gursky correspondence re: El-Amin's disability leave, 1996
Box 3
BWFJ/Organize the South dispute, 1996
Box 3
Campaign to end the Israeli occupation, 2007
Box 3
Caribbean International Education Committee, 1992-1994
Box 3
Carolina Interfaith Taskforce on Central America, 1999-2009
(2 folders)
Box 3
Civil and Human Rights Commission, 1995 and undated
Box 3
Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, 1986-1990
(2 folders)
Box 3
Coalition of Labor Union Women, 1986-1993
(3 folders)
Box 3
Coalition of Labor Union Women newsletters, 1988-1993
Box 3
Coalition of Labor Union Women printed materials, 1992-1993 and undated
Box 3
Direct Action for Rights and Equality, 1991-2001
Box 3
Democratic Socialists of America, 1989
Box 3
Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People, 2001-2007
Box 3
Durham Congregations, Associations, and Neighborhoods, 2004-2005
Box 3
Durham County Board of Social Services, 2008
Box 3
Durham County Cable Advisory Board, 2008
Box 3
Durham Housing Authority: Health and Public Housing Initiative, 2009
Box 3
Durham Public Education Network, 2001
Box 4
Closing the Achievement Gap, 2000-2008
Box 4
Education and testing, 2000s
Box 4
Ella Baker Tour and retreats, 2000-2010
(7 folders)
Box 4
Farm Labor Organizing Committee, 1998
Box 4
Freightliner Five, 2007
Box 4
Triangle Green Party events, 2008
Box 4
Cynthia McKinney campaign, 2008
Box 4
Convention, 2008
Box 4
Black Caucus, 2008
Box 4
NC Green Party meetings, 2009-2010
Box 4
Annual meetings, 2009-2010
(2 folders)
Box 4
Correspondence, 2010
Box 4
Heirs to a Fighting Tradition, 2006-2008
Box 4
Highlander Research and Education Center, 1998-1999
Box 4
JWJ materials, 1993-2000s
Box 4
National office materials, including correspondence, 1993-2000s
Box 4
Comic about welfare, 1997
Box 4
Religions clippings, 1998
Box 4
Workers rights and economic justice resource book, 1998
Box 4
Newsletters, 1997-2002
Box 4
Clippings and publicity, 1997-2000
(2 folders)
Box 4
Regional materials, 1994-2002 and undated
Box 4
Triangle JWJ materials, 2000-2005
Box 4
Anti-sweatshop campaigns, 2000-2007
(3 folders)
Box 4
Building Jobs with Justice reference binder
(2 folders)
Box 4
National Day of Action, 1997
Box 5
Labor Notes materials, 1999-2001
Box 5
Labor Party, 1996-2001
Box 5
Labor Party Advocates, 1991-1996
(2 folders)
Box 5
Labor for Jesse Jackson campaign materials and coverage, 1988-1991
(2 folders)
Box 5
Living Wage Campaign, 1998 and undated
Box 5
Martin Luther King Coalition meetings, 1993
Box 5
Correspondence, 1991-1999 and undated
Box 5
Protests and rallies, 1990-2000s
(2 folders)
Box 5
Articles and reports, 1989-2000s
(3 folders)
Box 5
2 audiocassettes
Box 5
NAACP, 2004-2005
Box 5
NAACP Legislative Day, NC, 2010
Box 5
NAACP Mark Stanton Curtis case, 1988-1991 and undated
Box 5
National Organization for Women, 2007
Box 5
National Organizers Alliance, 2001-2007
Box 5
Materials and correspondence, 1989-1993
Box 5
NHHSEU Union contracts, 1988-1991 and undated
Box 5
Newsletters, 1991-1993
Box 5
New Voice, 1995
Box 5
NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 2008-2010
Box 5
Northeast Ohio Anti-Apartheid Committee, including clippings, 1986-1989
Box 6
Oppressed Nationalities Alliance for Cooperation and Progress, Malcolm X materials, 1990 and undated
Box 6
Oppressed Nationalities Alliance for Cooperation and Progress, notes and meeting minutes, 1990-1991
Box 6
People First! Budget Coalition, 1992-1993
Box 6
People of Color, 2005
Box 6
Rhode Island Women's Health Collective, Board information and newsletters, 1991-1993
Box 6
Rhode Island Working Women, 1993-1994
Box 6
ACC Clerk Petition
Box 6
AFL-SEIU News, 1991-1995
Box 6
African American Caucus, 1993-1996
(3 folders)
Box 6
African American Leadership Conference, 1996
Box 6
Bargaining agreements, Union of Unions, 1991-1995
Box 6
Blue Cross/Blue Shield organizing, undated
Box 6
Brown University organizing, 1988-1991
(4 folders)
Box 6
Reports from the Committee on the Future, 1994
Box 6
Contracts, 1989-1994
Box 6
Convention reports, 1996
(2 folders)
Box 6
Correspondence, 1990-1991
Box 6
Eastern Union Skills Program, 1994
Box 6
Healthcare bargaining, 1986
Box 6
Healthcare reform, 1990-1995
(3 folders)
Box 7
Healthcare worker publications, 1995
Box 7
Homecare works, 1995
Box 7
Inclusion: A Tool for Organizational Effectiveness, 1996
Box 7
Local 285, annual convention, 1994
Box 7
Local 285 New Members Kit
Box 7
Local Union Organizers conference, 1996
Box 7
Magazines and publications, 1988-1995
(2 folders)
Box 7
Miscellaneous documents
Box 7
New Voices
Box 7
Nurse Staffing Kit and nurse-related publications
Box 7
Organizing plans, 1989-1991 and undated
Box 7
Organize the South, 1996
Box 7
Public Division Bargaining Conference, 1994 July
Box 7
South African Freedom Fund, 1988-1991
Box 7
Staff training, 1991 and undated
Box 7
Supervision, 1995-1997
Box 7
Union contracts, 1983-1997
(2 folders)
Box 7
Update and other publications, 1989
Box 7
Share the Wealth, 1995
Box 7
Working papers and correspondence, 1999-2009 and undated
Box 8
Correspondence, 2004
Box 8
Timeline notes, undated
Box 8
Pre-convention Bulletin, 2004
Box 8
Resources
Box 8
Clark Atlanta University travel, 2004
Box 8
Summer School, 2006-2008
(2 folders)
Box 8
Bulletins, 1997-2008
(8 folders)
Box 8
Staff unionism (Union of Unions)
Box 8
SARN materials and correspondence
(2 folders)
Box 8
Anniversaries, 2004-2010
Box 8
Labor Notes/Day School, 2000
(2 folders)
Box 8
Highlander program, 1999
Box 8
Budgets, 2000
Box 8
Receipts, 2000
Box 8
Correspondence, 2000
Box 8
SARN-Durham Housing Authority, 2001
Box 8
Strong Parental Involvement in Community Education, 2005-2007
(3 folders)
Box 8
Southerners for Economic Justice, 1998
Box 8
TransAfrica anti-apartheid materials, 1986-1988
Box 9
TWU Local 100, 1998 and undated
Box 9
Union Baptist Church, 2004-2010
(4 folders)
Box 9
United States Out of the Middle East Coalition, 1990-1992
(4 folders)
Box 9
United States Social Forum, 2007
Box 9
Board materials, 1995 and undated
Box 9
Summer Institute for Union Women/Working Women materials, 1992-1995
Box 9
Popular Education, 1995 and undated
Box 9
Curricula, 1997-1998
Box 9
Planning, 1997
Box 9
Work First, 1998
Box 9
Workers Unity Network, 1991-1996
(2 folders)
Box 9

The Subject Files series was largely created by El-Amin, with additional subjects added in processing to account for loose pages in the collection. Topics heavily represented include Muhammad Ahmad, community organizing and its many components, healthcare, South Africa and apartheid, North Carolina, and workplace safety. There are also subject files for several countries, as well as materials about Hurricane Katrina.

While there is some overlap between the Subject Files and the Organizations and Movements series, the Subject Files are generally more generic information about a movement or topic, whereas the Organizations series highlights El-Amin's involvement in a particular group or protest. Subjects have been arranged alphabetically.

Affirmative action
(3 folders)
Box 10
Muhammad Ahmad
(2 folders)
Box 10
Alternate roots, 2004-2005
Box 10
Angola
Box 10
Anti-Apartheid
Box 10
Anti-Racism (Conference on Whiteness)
Box 10
Anti-Union
Box 10
Anti-War
Box 10
Art of Listening
Box 10
Black history
Box 10
Black-Jewish relations
Box 10
Black radicals
Box 10
The Blackman's Guide... essays, 1990
Box 10
Campaign planning
Box 10
Cape Verde
Box 10
Collective bargaining
(2 folders)
Box 10
Community
Box 10
Consultant letters
Box 10
Contingent worker equity campaign, 1997
Box 11
Corporation for Enterprise Development publications, 1994
Box 11
Criminalization/prisons
Box 11
Crown boycott, 1996
Box 11
Cuba
Box 11
Cuba, Mexico, and Central America
Box 11
Cultural
Box 11
Durham politics
Box 11
Education
Box 11
Fair pay/equity
Box 11
Free Trade agreements
Box 11
Grace Lee Boggs Center, 2007
Box 11
Grants
Box 11
Grievance handling
Box 11
Haiti
Box 11
Fred Ho
Box 11
Hospital organizing
Box 11
House calls
Box 11
Human rights
Box 11
Immigrant rights
Box 11
Immigration
Box 11
Impasse
Box 11
Internal organizing
Box 11
Healthcare, 1993-1994
Box 11
Hurricane Katrina
(3 folders)
Box 11
Ku Klux Klan
Box 11
Jobs and development
Box 11
Labor notes and factsheets
Box 11
Labor studies, 1989
Box 11
Leadership deveopment
Box 11
Legal notices
Box 11
Liberia
Box 11
Samora Machel--Mozambique
Box 11
Malcolm X
Box 11
Martin Luther King Jr. speeches
Box 11
Media
Box 11
Million Man March
(2 folders)
Box 11
NAACP, 2007 and undated
Box 11
National Judicial Education Program--Sexual Violence
Box 11
National Labor Relations Board
Box 11
Needlestick Prevention Factbook
Box 11
North Carolina nonprofits
Box 11
North Carolina politics
Box 11
North Carolina public equal employment law
Box 11
North Carolina public workers
Box 11
North Carolina Pride, 1999-2000
Box 12
Occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens
Box 12
Ohio Black Trades, 1994
Box 12
Organizing model
Box 12
Palestine
Box 12
Parents group
Box 12
Plant closings
Box 12
Police brutality
Box 12
Privatization
Box 12
Public Sector Law notes, 1995
Box 12
Racism
Box 12
Resource materials
Box 12
Resumes (not El-Amin's)
Box 12
Rhode Island TV Soapbox
Box 12
Saladin Muhammad/ACTWU
Box 12
Self-Sufficiency Standard, 1996
Box 12
Sexual harassment
Box 12
Steward training
Box 12
Striker replacement
Box 12
Student-Labor
Box 12
United Nations/human rights
Box 12
United States Social Forum
Box 12
Universal healthcare
Box 12
Welfare laws
Box 12
Welfare reform
Box 12
Wheat Street Towers Association
Box 12
Witness for the Dead delegation to Colombia, 2002
Box 12
Women's health
Box 12
Women's liberation/feminism
Box 12
Worker resources
Box 12
Workplace organizing
Box 12
Workplace safety
Box 12
Writing
Box 12

The Printed Materials series includes newsletters, magazines, journals, fliers, handouts, and other miscellaneous materials from a wide variety of sources. The first box contains runs of various periodicals, including Forward Motion, In Defense of Marxism, and Labor Notes. These runs are incomplete and represent only a sampling of the publication. The second box of printed materials relates largely to El-Amin's union involvement, and features miscellaneous union publications from the 1980s-2000s. There is a small amount of earlier material, mainly in the Historical Pamphlets folder, which includes publications on desegregation and its impact on unions. The remainder of the series is also largely miscellaneous, with one or two issues of a wide range of newsletters, magazines, or organizational reports. Where possible, these publications and printed materials have been sorted by subject.

Additional publications are included in the Organizations and Movements series, where they have been filed with the organization that created them. These include Solidarity Bulletins, Black Workers for Justice Justice Speaks, Coalition of Labor Women newsletters, and a wide range of union publications from the Service Employees International Union.

Against the Current issues, 1998-2010
(2 folders)
Box 13
Committees of Correspondence Corresponder issues, 1997-1999
Box 13
Forward Motion issues, 1987-1989
(2 folders)
Box 13
In Defense of Marxism issues, 1988-1997
(7 folders)
Box 13
Labor Notes issues, 1991-2009
(2 folders)
Box 13
Liberation and Marxism issues, 1989-1994
Box 13
Orange County Rape Crisis Center newsletters, 2007-2008
Box 13
Political Affairs issues, 1988-1997
Box 13
Third Force issues, 1993-1997
(2 folders)
Box 13
The Nation issues, 1996-2001
Box 13
Vibration issues, 1987-1993
Box 13
Miscellaneous solidarity newsletters, 1989-1993
Box 14
Ohio AFL-CIO magazines, 1996-1997
Box 14
Dollars and Sense issues, 1992-1997
Box 14
Magazines from various unions, 1980s-1990s
(2 folders)
Box 14
Newsletters and reports, 1990s-2001
Box 14
Printed materials
(2 folders)
Box 14
Historical pamphlets, 1955-1980s
Box 14
Pamphlets, 1970s-1990s
Box 14
History articles
(3 folders)
Box 14
Reports
Box 14
Miscellaneous pamphlets, 1990s-2000s
(2 folders)
Box 14
General subjects
(2 folders)
Box 14
Africa
Box 14
Education/children
Box 14
Environment
Box 14
Faith/religion
Box 15
Labor/unions
Box 15
Politics/political parties
Box 15
Poverty/class
Box 15
Race/racism
Box 15
Clippings
Box 15
Miscellaneous fliers, handouts, and organizational materials, 1990s-2000s
(2 folders)
Box 15
Miscellaneous articles and reports
(3 folders)
Box 15
Miscellaneous journals
Box 15
Hal Draper: Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution, undated
Box 15
Mindy Thompson: National Negro Labor Council: A History, 1978
Box 15
Dissent, 1965 and 1966
(2 issues)
Box 22
The Negro Protest, in the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, January 1965
Box 22
The Crisis, December 1960
Box 22
What is Revolutionary Leadership?, Labour Review articles, 1964
Box 22
Freedomways, W.E.B. DuBois memorial issue, 1965
Box 22
Miscellaneous printed materials about Islam, 1995-1997
Box 22
Miscellaneous printed materials, 2010
Box 22

Includes some of El-Amin's personal documents and correspondence from her various activities. Also includes certificates from courses in organizing or other union programs, and a folder of resumes from different stages of her organizing career.

Miscellaneous correspondence, 1996-2007
(2 folders)
Box 15
El-Amin's resumes, 1990s and undated
Box 15
Oral history transcript, 1997
Box 15
Marriages and divorces, 1982-1983
Box 15
Certificates and training, 1984-2009
Box 15
Fliers for events featuring El-Amin, 2000-2005
Box 15

Articles and pamphlets acquired by El-Amin relating to the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation movement of the 1960s. Highlights include a transcript of Stokely Carmichael, Chairman of SNCC, speaking at the 1966 Berkeley conference on "Black Power and its Challenges." Includes articles on the condition of African Americans by Bayard Rustin, as well as coverage of the Watts riot and recovery of the Watts area. Also includes several issues of Commentary Reports from the 1960s.

Sociology course bibliographies, 1967
Box 15
Articles on Watts and other protests, 1960s
Box 15
Black Power/Black Panthers, 1960s
Box 15
News clippings re: Berkeley, 1960s
Box 15
Bayard Rustin articles, 1960s
Box 15
Commentary Reports, 1965 and undated
Box 15

Conference books, fliers, correspondence, and handouts from various conferences El-Amin attended. There is some overlap between this series and the Organizations and Movements series. Conferences have been arranged alphabetically.

All Black Male Conference, 1985
Box 16
Black Theodicy Forum, UNC, 2010 Aug.
Box 16
Black Youth in the Age of Obama, 2010
Box 16
Congressional Black Caucus Fall Braintrust, 2009
Box 16
Durham Human Relations Unity Conference, 2007
(2 folders)
Box 16
Feminism: Gender, Race, and Class workshop, 2007
(2 folders)
Box 16
LA Labor Left Conference, 2000
Box 16
Labor Notes Conferences, 2001 and 2003
Box 16
Labor Notes Conference: Rebuilding Labor's Power, 2008
Box 16
National NOW Conference, 2007
Box 16
National Organizers Alliance: NOA Gathering V, 2001 June-July
Box 16
Organizing in Healthcare, 1993
Box 16
Southeast Social Forum, 2006
Box 16
Southern Faith, Labor, and Community Alliance, 2007
Box 16
Southern Human Rights Organizers Conference (SHROC VI), 2006 Dec.
Box 16
Southern Human Rights Organizers Conference (SHROC VII), 2008 Dec.
Box 16
Southern Strategies: The Economy and the Election Agenda, 2008
Box 16
Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, 2008 Mar.
Box 16
Work Experience Program (WEP) Coalition, 1997 Nov.
Box 16

Photographs and videotapes from El-Amin's activities, dating from the 1970s through the 2000s. Most of the series consists of loose photographs, which El-Amin has sorted by event; there are also 4 albums with similar contents. There are photographs of several events represented in the Organizations and Movements series, including the Black Radical Congress Southern Regional Conference; SPICE graduations; union rallies and protests; political and anti-war demonstrations; meetings of groups such as Jobs with Justice, SARN, NAACP, and Black Workers for Justice; and other activist events. These have been housed by event in separate photo packets, with any accompanying information recorded on the outside of each packet. El-Amin's family photographs are much less organized, with few captions or dates included. Includes photographs of her three weddings.

The 7 VHS tapes are largely promotional or informational media produced for BWFJ or for unions.

Family, loose and unsorted, 1970s-1980s and undated
(3 folders)
Box 16
Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride, NC Mutual Building, Durham, 2003 Sept.
(9 photos)
Box 16
BWFJ Ina Mae Best Campaign, RI, 1991
(14 photos)
Box 16
1199 New England fight to save the Jewish Home from closing, 1992
(22 photos)
Box 16
Grass Roots Institute for Fundraising (GIFT), Sea Island, Ga., 2004
(26 photos)
Box 16
10th Anniversary of NAFTA protest, Greensboro, 2004
(7 photos)
Box 16
SPICE Leadership Training, undated
(8 photos)
Box 16
SPICE Graduation, Weaver St. Center, undated
(27 photos)
Box 16
Celebrating Steve Bloom's 60th birthday with SPICE and SARN, undated
(4 photos)
Box 16
Khalilah's Jewelry, undated
(2 photos)
Box 16
Triangle JWJ and Labor Notes joint conference at UNC Friday Center, 2000
(27 photos)
Box 16
Nellie Hester, Joan Gibbs, and Brenda Stokely; New York Radical Women, undated
(4 photos)
Box 16
Families living around Durham Food Service Restaurant, before site was sold to Union Baptist Church, undated
(12 photos)
Box 16
International Women's Day, celebrating South African women and end of apartheid, 1991 or 1992
(10 photos)
Box 16
Witness for Peace Southeast Steering Committee meeting, 2007?
(3 photos)
Box 16
SPICE event at The Know Bookstore, 2005 or 2006
(1 photo)
Box 16
SARN 5th Anniversary celebration at Hayti Heritage Center and conference at Union Baptist Church, 2004 June
(32 photos)
Box 16
Launch of Triangle JWJ, 1998 Aug.
(8 photos)
Box 16
Anti-war demonstration, Solidarity comrades and other radicals, undated
(18 photos)
Box 16
SPICE graduation, WD Hill, 2006
(26 photos)
Box 16
NC NAACP Labor forum in support of Smithfield workers, 2007
(18 photos)
Box 16
JWJ anti-sweat campaign with UNC students, at Wal-Mart, Durham, undated
(10 photos)
Box 16
Launch of SPICE at Snow Building (SARN Office), 2001 Aug. 16
(11 photos)
Box 16
Mayor Tennyson, Forum Against Gang Violence, City Hall, undated
(15 photos)
Box 16
Anne Wolfley, Snow Building meeting, undated
(3 photos)
Box 16
SPICE families attend anti-war demonstration in Washington, DC, after Katrina, 2007
(1 photo)
Box 16
SARN office, Snow Building, 2001
(1 photo)
Box 16
Education NOT Incarceration presentation, Michelle Cotton-Laws, Durham Main Library, 2000 or 2001
(19 photos)
Box 16
Venezuelan dignitaries visit, undated
(18 photos)
Box 16
Leader of failed Blue Cross campaign, Toledo, OH, 1988
(1 photo)
Box 16
Black-Brown Unity Conference, Highlander Center, 2007 Feb.
(10 photos)
Box 16
Labor Notes Policy Committee meeting, Detroit, undated
(4 photos)
Box 16
District 1199-New England Jewish Home grievance victory, Providence, RI, 1991
(8 photos)
Box 16
Labor Notes and SARN/JWJ conference, Friday Center, 2000 April
(8 photos)
Box 16
Protest for Global Economic Justice with SPICE and Socialist Party, Washington, DC, undated
(10 photos)
Box 16
SARN Closing the Achievement Gap forum, Daniella Cook, undated
(15 photos)
Box 16
BWFJ Solidarity meeting with Ashaki Binta, undated
(12 photos)
Box 16
JWJ campaign to organized Duke nurses, undated
(23 photos)
Box 16
SPICE fundraiser at Sharon Nelson's, undated
(5 photos)
Box 16
Labor Notes Policy Committee meeting, undated
(11 photos)
Box 16
Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO) CAT training with SPICE, undated
(12 photos)
Box 16
Durham NAACP officers, 2004?
(4 photos)
Box 16
IUOE contract campaign to win community service hours from Duke, 2001
(24 photos)
Box 16
NAACP National Convention, Detroit, 2007
(15 photos)
Box 16
Gathering signatures and demonstrating against sweatshops, Wal-Mart, 1998 or 1999
(14 photos)
Box 16
Anti-war demonstration with Solidarity comrades, undated
(17 photos)
Box 16
JWJ demonstration, Rashid Muhammad and Maurice Hines, undated
(12 photos)
Box 16
Day Against Police Brutality, Hayti Heritage Center after march from Durham Jail, Oct. 22 [unknown year]
(16 photos)
Box 16
Million Family March on Washington, DC, with Nation of Islam, 2000
(28 photos)
Box 16
Leon Davis memorial service, attended by 1199 New England staff and leaders, 1993
(1 photo)
Box 16
SARN Education NOT Incarceration visiting session, Durham Main Library, 2000 or 2001
(24 photos)
Box 16
Theresa El-Amin, Rhode Island, 1997
(1 photo)
Box 16
SARN founding conference, 1999 June
(1 photo)
Box 16
Last days with friends in Cleveland, 1990
(5 photos)
Box 16
Coalition of Labor Union Women, Atlanta, mid-1980s
(2 photos)
Box 16
Coalition of Labor Union Women 5th Anniversary celebration, 1995
(1 photo)
Box 16
Millions More movement, Washington, DC, 2005
(6 photos)
Box 16
Black Radical Congress organizing committee before June 1998 conference, Chicago
(1 photo)
Box 16
Conference at ERUUF on Racial Justice with Project South (Atlanta) facilitating, undated
(8 photos)
Box 16
People of Faith gathering in support of UFCW Smithfield campaign and Sabbath Economics, Summer 2007 or 2008
(24 photos)
Box 16
Justice for Mumia Rally, Philadelphia, with Solidarity comrades, undated
(21 photos)
Box 16
JWJ National meeting, Kentucky?, undated
(5 photos)
Box 16
SARN Education NOT Incarceration campaign launch, Close the Achievement Gap, 2000 Aug.
(24 photos)
Box 16
JWJ rally at McDonald's to raise minimum wage, Providence, RI, 1995 or 1996
(3 photos)
Box 16
Poor Peoples March and Rally, Philadelphia, 2001?
(18 photos)
Box 16
SEIU Local 285-African American Caucus meeting, 1995
(13 photos)
Box 16
NOW Detroit meeting, 2007 July
(8 photos)
Box 16
Passing anti-sweatshop ordinance in Durham, 2000 Aug.
(8 photos)
Box 16
Triangle JWJ-Union Baptist Church, Durham, 1999
(14 photos)
Box 16
Launch of Organize the South Midwest Tour, Cleveland, Ohio, 1989
(7 photos)
Box 16
Project South and Triangle JWJ at ERUUF, Durham, 2000
(9 photos)
Box 16
Unlabeled activism album
Box 17
Black Radical Congress Southern Regional Conference, undated
(3 albums)
Box 17
Organize the South, BWFJ
Box 17
Justice for Keysville Now!
Box 17
Workers Want Fairness documentary--Rocky Mtn. Undergarment and Workers Unity Council, 1989 Nov. 9
Box 17
Toxic Terrorism--the Shiloh Coalition Fights Back
Box 17
BWFJ Meeting, 1992 Mar. 7
Box 17
Ina Mae Best, CCRI, Providence, 1991 May 31
Box 17
Hamlet, NC: Our Jobs, Our Lives? (BWFJ)
Box 17

Includes 3 boxes of t-shirts and 1 box of buttons and other ephemera collected by El-Amin throughout her years of activism.

T-shirts
Box 18
T-shirts
Box 19
T-shirts
Box 20
Buttons, bumper stickers, name tags, etc.
Box 21

Foam boards and one poster from Jobs with Justice.

6 Jobs with Justice foam boards with Durham community signatures for Nurses United for Patient Advocacy at Duke University Medical Center
Oversize Folder 1
Trabajos con Justicia poster

Historical Note

Theresa El-Amin started her career as a civil rights activist when she joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1965 as a student at Tuskegee University. On her return to Atlanta in summer of 1966, she took a job at the phone company and became active in the Communications Workers of America (CWA). During the 1980s and through the 1990s, she became involved with the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and Black Workers for Justice (BWFJ). She continued her labor organizing with Jobs from Justice from 1993-2006 and by serving on the Labor Notes Policy Committee from 2000-2009. She was a founding member of the Labor Party in 1996. Her work with anti-racist organizations has included the Black Radical Congress (1998-2008), the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People (1999-2010), the Durham NAACP (2000-2010), and Solidarity, a socialist, feminist and anti-racist organization (1996-present). In 1998, she helped to found the Southern Anti-Racism Network (SARN), which has worked on local issues like the education gap and passing an anti-sweatshop ordinance in the City of Durham. In December 2010, El-Amin relocated to Georgia to take the role of regional organizer to direct SARN activities in Georgia and Alabama.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Theresa El-Amin Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Theresa El-Amin Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2010.

Processing Information

Processed by Meghan Lyon and Kelly Wooten, December 2010

Encoded by Meghan Lyon, December 2010

This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

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