Labor Leader Spotlight: Lucy Randolph Mason

It’s the penultimate day of our 8-8-8 Sale, and we’re still taking a moment each day of it to honor labor leaders and social activists in honor of the fight for the eight-hour work day.

Today, we’re highlighting the efforts of Lucy Randolph Mason.

Lucy Randolph Mason was a suffragette and labor activist who was heavily involved in the union movement and civil rights activism, particularly in the American South.

In the late 1930s, Lucy became a public relations representative for the Congress of Industrial Organizations. During her tenure, she quickly became known fondly as “Miss Lucy,” and she used her social status as a Southern lady to gain access to the political class on behalf of those for whom she advocated.

Mason would, at one point, convince then-president Franklin Delano Roosevelt to investigate violence against labor organizers who were attempting to form an interracial union. She also swayed prominent religious organizations in the region to adopt pro-labor resolutions and policies.

We’re grateful for the work of leaders like Lucy Randolph Mason, and to show our appreciation, we’re offering you eight percent off our entire catalog and eight percent donations on your order’s subtotal to Haymarket Books, a pro-labor non-profit press.

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