Black Labor Week breakfast

Black Labor Week 2024 line-up of community events

Contributed By: The 411 News

Starts Presidents Day off with free community breakfast

Free community breakfasts, spread across 3 locations, will kick off Black Labor Week in Gary – February 19 - 23.

Organizers have planned five days of activities and events in northwest Indiana and Chicago to spotlight the work of Black labor unions and the labor union movement.

“Our mission is to display the parallels between the Black community and the Labor Movement,” said Ephrin “E.J.” Jenkins, Executive Director of the Black Labor Week Project Inc. Jenkins founded the non-profit organization in 2012.

The week of activities will focus on youth, unemployment, education, mentoring, Black health, community service, leadership development, Black history, veterans, along with social justice issues.

“These initiatives are very significant and critical within the Black community,” Jenkins added. “It helps educate and display the contributions of Black leaders to the Black community that are often unheard or overlooked.”

The line-up for Black Labor Week 2024 is as follows:

Monday, February 19, 2024
8am - Free Haircuts and Community Breakfast
Location 1: Trinity United Church of Christ, 1276 West 20th Avenue, Gary
Location 2: Veterans Village of NWI, 839 Massachusetts St., Gary
Location 3: The Center, 1845 W. 37th Ave, Gary

5pm - “Night At the Movies” UAW Local 551 Hall, 13550 S. Torrence Ave, Chicago, IL

Tuesday, February 20, 2024
Day of Education at 12 Schools

5pm - Black Male Discussion - Men’s Panel
UAW Local 551 Union Hall, 13550 S. Torrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60633

Wednesday, February 21, 2024
8am - 1pm Workshops
11am Mayor’s Conversation: Panelists are mayors of East Chicago, Elkhart, Evansville, Gary, Lawrence, and Michigan City
Indiana University Northwest, Bergland Auditorium in Savannah Hall, 3400 Broadway, Gary

5pm - Black Women Empowerment Seminar - Women’s Panel
UAW Local 551 Union Hall, 13550 S. Torrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60633

Thursday, February 22, 2024
7am - Day of Community Service (Multiple Locations)

6pm - “A Night to Speak”
Loft Adiq Ultra Lounge, 752 Broadway, Gary

Friday, February 23, 2024
5pm - Celebration of Civil Rights Awards Gala
Keynote speaker is former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner
Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Dr, Hammond, IN
Tickets included in delegate registration or available for purchase

For more information about Black Labor Week, contact Ephrin Jenkins at or (219) 455-1306.

Story Posted:02/19/2024

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