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C. L. Dellums; Helped Found Porters Union

December 20, 1989

C. L. Dellums, 89, a labor and civil rights leader who worked with A. Philip Randolph in the 1920s to organize the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. The porters union was the first international union to be founded and led by blacks. Dellums was elected vice president of the union in 1929 and its president in 1966, succeeding Randolph. In 1959 Dellums was appointed by Gov. Edmund G. (Pat) Brown to the state's first Fair Employment Practices Commission (now the Fair Employment and Housing Commission), serving for 26 years. He also was the first regional chairman of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People when 18 states formed an NAACP region in 1948. In Oakland on Dec. 7 of cardiac arrest.

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