Union election a historic first

Photo by Lisa Dickerson

Lee Saunders’ recent election as president and CEO of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is historic in that he thus becomes the first African American ever to lead one of the largest labor unions in the United States.

Saunders is pictured below second from the left with Hilary O. Shelton (far left), director of the NAACP’s Washington Bureau; Melanie L. Campbell (second from right), president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP); and Wade Henderson (far right), president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

All were attending a recent reception held in Saunders’ honor at the national headquarters of the AFL-CIO in Washington, DC. The reception was sponsored by the NAACP, National Urban League, National Action Network and the AFL-CIO.


— From an AFSME press release