September 4- September 8, 2017
CONTACT: Kawana Lloyd,; 240-472-2860

LABOR DAY WEEK STORIES: Black Workers Celebrate Accomplishments & Challenges

Follow the Twitter Storm #WorkingWhileBlack Campaign Urging All Black Workers to “Show Yourself” and Share Testimonials on Social Media
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Washington, DC— This Labor Day and throughout the week, the National Black Worker Center Project (NBWCP), a national network dedicated to addressing the multidimensional Black work experience, is inviting Black workers nationwide to celebrate the achievements and lift up the challenges of Black Work as part of its “Show Yourself” social media project under the #WorkingWhileBlack campaign.

The Black Labor Day Week “Show Yourself” project aims to change the stereotypical images and narratives of Black workers through a public forum where all Black workers can amplify their voices and share experiences about race, economics, and social well-being in the workplace.

“Black work has become synonymous with low-wage, exploitive jobs,” said Tanya Wallace-Gobern, Executive Director of the National Black Worker Center Project (NBWCP). “The Black work reality, however, includes a wide spectrum of experience regardless of geography, profession, skills sets, or income level.  We understand the role and value of Black work. We need to show ourselves!”

Features of the Black Labor Day, “Show Yourself” project, include:

  • Black Labor Day Twitter Storm at #WorkingWhileBlack, 3 pm EST, Monday, September 4, 2017, by responding to questions asked on @NBWCP and @Fightfor15.
  • The first video release of a four, month-long series featuring Black workers from OneDC and Baltimore Worker Center, and the AFL-CIO.
  • Participation with Fight for $15 allies in Chicago

Follow the Twitter Storm with friends and allies, including Fight for $15 campaign and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

For more information about the NBWCP’s efforts to uplift Black workers, visit:  or Facebook.

For interviews with National Black Worker Center Project Executive Director Tanya Wallace-Gobern, contact Kawana Lloyd,, 240-472-2860.

Click here for a full list of affiliates. Click here for a video about low-wage work among Black workers.

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The National Black Worker Center Project (NBWCP) launched in 2011 to address the job crisis for Black workers. Its mission is 1) to support and incubate Black worker centers that empower Black workers to advance their rights and improve the quality of jobs in key employment centers; 2) to prevent racial discrimination in hiring and other employment practices and policies; and 3) to provide education about the impacts of low-wage work and unemployment on Black communities.