St. Louis Workers’ Education Society honoring author and historian Gerald Horne at first awards event Sept. 22

GERALD HORNE, historian and author of over 30 books on workers’ rights, the history of the Labor Movement, U.S. history and African American history, will be honored by the St. Louis Workers’ Education Society (WES) at its first-ever WES Awards Sept. 22.

The St. Louis Workers’ Education Society (WES) is hosting its first-ever WES Awards Sept. 22, honoring the prolific author and historian, Gerald Horne.

Horne is the John J. and Rebecca Moores Chair of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston and the author of over 30 books on workers’ rights, the history of the Labor Movement, U.S. history and African American history.

He has served on the editorial boards of Political Affairs, Science & Society, and Nature, Society & Thought, among other academic publications, and writes regularly for numerous magazines and journals.


Prior to his academic career, Horne served as Special Counsel to Service Employees International Union (Health and Hospital Workers) Local 1199 in New York City, and as president of the National Conference of Black Lawyers.

Horne, a St. Louis native, is a WES supporter and considered by many as the most prolific and important historian working today. He has been interviewed by CSPAN, MSNBC, and Democracy NOW!, among other media outlets.


“The St. Louis Workers’ Education Society is committed to on-going worker-education with a special focus on the intersection of workers’ rights, racial justice, sexual and gender minority rights and disabilities empowerment,” Al Neal, WES’s director of advocacy and education, told the Labor Tribune.

“As such, we feel that Gerald Horne exemplifies our mission. It is long past due that he and his work are not only recognized but also celebrated. His work is uncompromising and dares to shine a light on the most neglected aspects of U.S. history – workers, unions and the struggle for African American equality.”


Horne’s most recent book is The Rise and Fall of the Associated Negro Press: Claude Barnett’s Pan-African News and the Jim Crow Paradox.

Some of his many other titles include: Class Struggle In Hollywood, 1930-1950: Moguls, Mobsters, Stars, Reds, and Trade Unionists; Fighting in Paradise: Labor Unions, Racism, and Communists in the Making of Modern Hawaii; and Red Seas: Ferdinand Smith and Radical Black Sailors in the United States and Jamaica; The Deepest South – The United States, Brazil and the African Slave Trade, among many other titles.

“As a labor educator, I find Horne’s work invaluable. I recommend his books to my students, especially union members,” said Don Giljum, WES’s secretary-treasurer. “I encourage all St. Louis area unions to send their members to the WES Awards, and to acquaint them with Horne’s work.”

Horne received his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and his B.A. from Princeton University


The awards program will be held on Friday, Sept. 22 at the WES headquarters, 2929 S. Jefferson Ave, 63118. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The program will start at 7 p.m. Drinks and finger-foods will be provided.    

Tickets are $50 per person or $400 per table of ten. 

Program booklet ads are $500 (full page), $300 (half page), $150 (1/4 page). The ad book deadline is Sept. 18.

Make checks payable to: WES, 2929 S. Jefferson Ave., St. Louis, MO 63118.

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