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Toledo Chapter of CBTU hosts 29th Annual Banquet

By Tricia Hall
Sojourner’s Truth Reporter

Union members and leaders, community residents and elected officials gathered for the annual Black History Banquet sponsored by Toledo Chapter of Coalition of Black Trade Unionists on Saturday, February 24, 2018. This year’s  theme was, “Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Historic Sanitation Workers Strike” in Memphis Tennessee.”

Anita Madison, of Police and Fire Retirees of Ohio, served as program facilitator; and Janis Fryar of UAW Local 12 Retirees delivered the official welcome. Gary Johnson, Toledo Councilman At-Large and UFCW Local 75 introduced elected officials and union leaders; and Madison concluded the opening portion of the program for a moment of silence.

“I hope you feel welcomed as you entered this room. On behalf of the CBTU family, we welcome you and know that your CBTU family worked hard to put this event together for you,” explained Fryar.

The annual banquet featured William Lucy, president emeritus CBTU International, who served as banquet speaker and publicly acknowledged former City of Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson, David Fleetwood of Laborers’’ Local 500 and Cenia Willis, a dedicated laborer who recently died on December 30, 2017.

“As a CBTU board member, I‘m proud of our board. We work with our children of color. It’s important that they understand that there are good paying jobs, good paying union jobs. Labor and management work well together, because labor is a part of growth,” explained Gary Johnson.

CBTU dates to 1972 when over 1,200 black union officials and members organized a conference in Chicago. The organization’s mission is to fulfill the dreams of Black Trade Unionists, both living and deceases, who throughout this century and the last have courageously and unremittingly struggled to build a national movement that would bring all our strengths and varied talents to bear in the unending effort to achieve economic, political, and social justice for every American.

The Toledo Chapter’s officers: Cheryl Tyler-Folsom, interim chapter chairperson; Pierrette Talley, secretary; Henry McCoy, treasurer; and Cheryl Bennett, sergeant at arms.

The banquet committee: Henry McCoy and Anita Madison, co-chairmen; Cerssandra McPherson, John Folsom, Janis Fryar, Cheryl Tyler-Folsom, and Cheryl Bennett, committee members.

·         Standing: Anita Madison, Nathan Willis Jr, Charssie Willis, Janis Fryar, Cheryl Tyler-Folsom, Paula Hicks-Hudson, Henry McCoy

·         Seated: Pastor and First Lady Michael Key, Pierrette Talley, William Lucy


·         Standing: Ray Woods, Henry McCoy, Anita Madison, Cheryl Tyler-Folsom, David Fleetwood, Janis Fryar, Yvette Thompson, Gary Johnson

·         Seated: Pastor and First Lady Michael Key, Pierrette Talley, William Lucy



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Revised: 08/16/18 14:12:10 -0700.



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