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In celebration of Black History Month, UAW Ford is recognizing African Americans who have paved the way for others!

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UAW Ford recognizes Lillian Hatcher –

UAW Ford Trailblazer Lillian Hatcher

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Lillian was an activist for women for UAW Ford while doing defense work at Briggs Manufacturing in Detroit. She noticed that African-American women were passed over for promotions for numerous positions. Determined to do something about it, she joined UAW local 742 and the double victory club. She eventually was promoted to a riveter position. From there, Lillian won the election to local 742’s executive board and soon after was appointed an international representative with the UAW’s newly formed women’s bureau. Lillian was the first African-American woman to be appointed a UAW international representative. Through the next decades, she served on countless social justice boards and committees, including the U.S. Labor Department’s war production board and advisory council to the Women’s Bureau, the United Nation’s Education and Economic Council, and in the UAW’s Fair Practices and Anti-Discrimination department.

Thank you Lillian Hatcher for making a difference in our community!

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