Robert Allen

Department: African American & African Diaspora Studies

I study social movements & political economy. I’m currently researching the life and work of C.L. Dellums, a major California labor and civil rights activist of national stature who, with A. Philip Randolph, was an organizer and leader of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters’ Union, the largest black labor union in U.S. history. An Oakland resident, Dellums used his union base to lead the struggle against employment discrimination generally, ultimately securing passage of California’s historic Fair Employment Practices law. As director of the West Coast Region of the NAACP he also played a critical role in the fight against discrimination in housing.