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JFK Shows Union Support At Labor Day Speech

Tuesday, November 19, 2013



In September 1960, Senator John Kennedy stopped in Detroit for the city’s Labor Day festivities. He made a campaign speech in Cadillac Square that praised the labor movement, called for an increase in the minimum wage, and cited his belief that Americans wanted to end racial discrimination.

Mike Smith is the UAW archivist at Wayne State University’s Walter Reuther Library. He spoke with WDET’s Jerome Vaughn about the importance of Kennedy’s visit.

You can find a transcript of Kennedy's speech here.