Kahn, Tom

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Biographical Note

  • 1938, Sept. 15: Born, New York, N.Y.
  • 1955 - 1957 : Attended, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • 1956: Joined Students for Democratic Action and the Independent Socialist League
  • 1958 - 1959 : Assistant organizer, Youth Marches for Integrated Schools, New York, N.Y.
  • 1960 - 1961 : Member, Committee to Defend Martin Luther King
  • 1961: B.A., Howard University, Washington, D.C.
  • 1963: First assistant to Bayard Rustin, organizer for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Washington, D.C
  • 1964 - 1972 : Executive director, League for Industrial Democracy
  • 1965: Member, National Action Committee of the Social Democrats, U.S.A.
  • 1968: Speech writer for Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey
  • 1971 - 1972 : Chief speech writer for Senator Henry M. Jackson
  • 1972 - 1986 : Assistant to the president, AFL-CIO
  • 1978: Member, board of directors, A. Philip Randolph Institute, National Committee Against Discrimination in Housing
  • 1986 - 1992 : Director, Department of International Affairs, AFL-CIO
  • 1992, Mar. 27: Died, Silver Spring, Md.

From the guide to the Tom Kahn Papers, 1959-1992, (bulk 1963-1972), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn League for Industrial Democracy. Pamphlets, 1922-1978. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Martin P. Catherwood Library, Cornell University.
creatorOf Tom Kahn Papers, 1959-1992, (bulk 1963-1972) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Andreĭ Sakharov papers, 1852-2002 (inclusive), 1960-1990 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Max Shachtman Papers, 1917-1969 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
referencedIn Van Sickle, Leftist Pamphlet Collection, 1900-1993 Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries,
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Jackson, Henry M. (Henry Martin), 1912-1983 person
associatedWith League for Industrial Democracy. corporateBody
associatedWith March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (1963 : Washington, D.C.) corporateBody
associatedWith Rustin, Bayard, 1912-1987 person
correspondedWith Sakharov, Andreĭ, 1921-1989 person
associatedWith Shachtman, Max, 1903-1972 person
associatedWith Van Sickle person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Civil rights demonstrations--Washington (D.C.)
Civil rights activists


Birth 1938-09-15

Death 1992-03-27


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