ICS lecture focuses on black labor movement

ICS Lecture For immediate release: April 8, 2011

BLOOMSBURG — Alexander Chenault, assistant professor of legal studies at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, will present the lecture, “The Legal, Social and Economic Benefits of the Early 20th Century Black Labor Movement,” Monday, April 11, at 7 p.m. in Harvey Andruss Library, Schweiker Room.

The free event is presented by BU’s Institute of Culture and Society.

Chenault will speak on the treatment of African-Americans in the early 20th century and the role they played in the class conflict between capital and labor. He will also talk about how African-Americans used labor unions and labor laws to protect their collective well-being.

Chenault, also BU’s Frederick Douglass Teaching Scholar, previously served as a judicial extern for Judge Ivan Lemelle of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and worked as a legal and policy liaison with the Criminal Justice Committee for the New Orleans City Council. He has published several works on legal and labor issues affecting African-Americans.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.