By Jamala Rogers for the St. Louis American
May 14 is the 40th anniversary of Green vs. McDonnell Douglas. The case was the culmination of venerable activist Percy Green’s racial discrimination fight against McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing Corporation).
Under the leadership of Percy Green, the organization ACTION busted loose jobs for black folks during the 1960s, especially for black men. Utility companies like Laclede Gas and corporations like Southwestern Bell (now AT&T) often went into siege mode when ACTION put them on “the list.”
Many people directly credit these efforts for how they received their own job. Sylvester Brown is one such person who rarely misses the opportunity to publicly acknowledge who was responsible for getting his job at Laclede Gas Company.