Kemp, Maida Springer

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Trade-unionist.

From the description of Oral history interview with Maida Springer Kemp, 1977. (Wayne State University, Archives of Labor & Urban). WorldCat record id: 32321612

Trade unionist.

From the description of Reminiscences of Maida Springer Kemp : oral history, 1977. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 86131813

Kemp was born in Panama, Central America, in 1910 and moved to New York City with her mother, Diane Stewart, in 1917. In 1932 Kemp went to work as a pinker and hand finisher in a garment factory in New York. She joined Local 22 of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) in 1933; this was the beginning of her involvement in the American trade union movement, which eventually included participation in the workers' education movement, African trade union movements, labor education worldwide (particularly for women), and the women's movement.

A member of the executive board and the education committee of Local 22, Kemp was education director of Local 132 of the Plastic Button and Novelty Workers' Union, 1942-1945, and ran for State Assembly of New York County on the American Labor Party ticket in 1942. She was appointed to a War Price and Rationing Board of the Office of Price Administration (1944), and in 1945 became the first Black woman to represent the AFL abroad, serving as its delegate on a trip sponsored by the Office of War Information to observe wartime conditions for workers in Great Britain.

Beginning in 1951 Kemp became increasingly active, through the AFL, in labor unions in several African countries that were simultaneously working for national independence. In 1955 she was one of five non-African observers (and the only woman) at the first International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) conference, held in Accra, Gold Coast (later Ghana). In 1964 Kemp served as advisor to and member of the workers' delegation from the United States to the 48th Session of the International Labor Organization conference in Geneva. She returned, in 1966, to the ILGWU as a general organizer, and later worked with the A. Philip Randolph Institute.

In the late 1920s Kemp married Owen Springer; they had one son, Eric. In 1965 she married James Kemp. She has two grandchildren.

From the description of Papers, 1942-1981 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232006972

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referencedIn Randolph, A. Philip (Asa Philip), 1889-1979. A. Philip Randolph papers, 1909-1979 (bulk 1941-1968). Library of Congress
referencedIn Patterson, Frederick D. (Frederick Douglass), 1901-1988. Frederick D. Patterson papers, 1861-1988 (bulk 1965-1988). Library of Congress
creatorOf Kemp, Maida Springer, 1910-. Papers, 1942-1981 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Patterson, Frederick D. (Frederick Douglass), 1901-1988. Papers, 1861-1988 (bulk 1965-1988). Library of Congress
referencedIn Sampson, Edith S. (Edith Spurlock), 1901?-1979. Papers, 1927-1979 (inclusive) 1934-1979 (bulk). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Kemp, Maida Springer, 1910-. Oral history interview with Maida Springer Kemp, 1977. Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
referencedIn Papers of Pauli Murray, 1827-1985: Series IV, 1926-1985 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Black Women Oral History Project. Records, 1976-1997 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Black Women Oral History Project transcripts, 1976-1981 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
referencedIn Trade union women oral history project, 1978-1979 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Kemp, Maida Springer. Reminiscences of Maida Springer Kemp : oral history, 1977. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Papers of Pauli Murray, 1827-1985 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Balanoff, Elizabeth. Oral history interview with Maida Springer Kemp, ILGWU, interview conducted by Elizabeth Balanoff, 1978. Cornell University Library
referencedIn A. Philip Randolph Papers, 1909-1979, (bulk 1941-1968) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Local 22 (New York, N.Y.). ILGWU. Local 22. Charles Zimmerman. Photographs, 1910-1958. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Interviews of the Black Women Oral History Project, 1976-1981 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations (University of Michigan-Wayne State University). Program on Woman and Work. Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, Women and Work Program (University of Michigan) transcripts of oral history project, 1978-1979. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Black Women Oral History Project. Black Women Oral History Project transcripts, 1976-1981. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Frederick D. Paterson Papers, 1861-1988, (bulk 1965-1988) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Papers, 1927-1979 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn O'Farrell, Brigid. O'Farrell and Kornbluh papers, 1889-1996. Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
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associatedWith AFL-CIO. corporateBody
associatedWith All-African People's Conference. corporateBody
associatedWith American Federation of Labor. corporateBody
associatedWith American Society of African Culture. corporateBody
associatedWith Asian-American Free Labor Institute. corporateBody
associatedWith Balanoff, Elizabeth, person
associatedWith Baldwin, Roger N. (Roger Nash), 1884-1981. person
associatedWith Banaloff, Elizabeth, person
associatedWith Bethune, Mary McLeod, 1875-1955. person
associatedWith Black Women Oral History Project. corporateBody
associatedWith Black Women Oral History Project. corporateBody
associatedWith Black Women Oral History Project. corporateBody
associatedWith Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, Train, Chair Car, Coach Porters and Attendants. corporateBody
associatedWith Coalition of Labor Union Women (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Dubinsky, David, 1892-1982. person
associatedWith Ferebee, Dorothy Boulding, d. 1980. person
associatedWith Ghana Trades Union Congress. corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard University. Trade Union Program. corporateBody
associatedWith Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations (University of Michigan-Wayne State University). Program on Woman and Work. corporateBody
associatedWith Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations (University of Michigan--Wayne State University). Program on Women and Work. corporateBody
associatedWith International Confederation of Free Trade Unions. corporateBody
associatedWith International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. corporateBody
associatedWith International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. corporateBody
associatedWith International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Local 22. corporateBody
associatedWith International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Local 22 (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Jacobs, Sophia Yarnall. person
associatedWith Kaunda, Kenneth D. (Kenneth David), 1924- person
associatedWith Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963. person
associatedWith Mboya, Tom, 1930-1969. person
associatedWith McCallister, Frank. person
associatedWith Meany, George, 1894-1980. person
associatedWith Murray, Pauli, 1910-1985. person
associatedWith National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. corporateBody
associatedWith National Council of Negro Women. corporateBody
associatedWith National Negro Labor Council (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Nkrumah, Kwame, 1909-1972. person
associatedWith Nyerere, Julius K. (Julius Kambarage), 1922- person
associatedWith Ochwada, Arthur A. person
associatedWith O'Farrell, Brigid. person
associatedWith Pan African Conference on the Role of Trade Union Women (1977 : Nairobi) corporateBody
correspondedWith Patterson, Frederick D. (Frederick Douglass), 1901-1988. person
correspondedWith Pauli Murray, 1910-1985 person
associatedWith Randolph, A. Philip (Asa Philip), 1889- person
associatedWith Ruskin College (University of Oxford) corporateBody
associatedWith Sampson, Edith S. (Edith Spurlock), 1901?-1979. person
associatedWith Schnitzler, Frank. person
associatedWith Sears, Mason, 1899- person
associatedWith Starr, Mark, 1894- person
associatedWith Steeger, Henry. person
associatedWith TANU (Organization) corporateBody
associatedWith Tettegah, John K., 1930- person
associatedWith Tubman, William V. S., 1895-1971. person
associatedWith United Nations. Trusteeship Council. corporateBody
associatedWith United States Labor Party. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Office of War Information. corporateBody
associatedWith Ware, Caroline Farrar, 1899- person
associatedWith Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs. corporateBody
associatedWith Wina, Arthur. person
associatedWith Young, Whitney Moore, 1921- person
associatedWith Zimmerman, Charles S. person
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Detroit (Mich.)
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Michigan
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Kenya
Malawi
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Nigeria
Uganda
United States
Zambia
Illinois
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African American women
Labor
Labor unions--Organizing
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International cooperation
Labor unions--Political activity
African American women--Interviews
Blacks--Employment
Women--Employment
Clothing trade
Skilled labor
Working class--Education
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Working class--Scholarships, fellowships, etc
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Clothing workers--Labor unions
Labor unions and education
International Women's Year, 1975
Labor unions and communism
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African Americans--History
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