Bullock Museum of Austin, TX uncovers a civil rights activist through their History Project
Online PR News – 17-February-2022 – San Antonio, TX – Rev. Dr. L.E. Bennett of San Antonio, Texas, has been recognized by a major museum. In an endeavor to uncover the stories which built Texas, the Bullock Museum of Austin History added the advocate in September of 2021. The director uncovered the nugget during a project collection of these legacies. The Gallery has now initiated the construction of an exhibit within their Equal Rights Division to highlight Bennett's contributions.
Inequality still is a significant issue. Top leaders in the movement gleaned national attention due to their geographical location, and media coverage memorialized them. Of course, many lesser-known activists went unrecognized; nonetheless, their work greatly impacted numerous lives.
Their research discovered after working four years as a janitor, he didn't have the right to apply for higher-leveled craft jobs, regardless of education. So L.E. Bennett became the president of the Communication Workers Association (CWA) Colored People's Union #6131. The army veteran battled through grueling meetings with upper management to integrate the organization as a labor leader. The advocate also elicited the assistance of his local NAACP group and politicians. His quest had to prove people of color were as intelligent and worthy of progression.
While fighting for a level playing field with the telephone company, Bennett continued his education from an associate's to a bachelor's degree. He also assisted people of color and women to register to vote and traveled across the state to the union halls typing letters for those requesting better than janitors or mechanics and better-paying careers.
Though the movement was prominent from the 1950s to the 1960s, activism remained alive because racism was still prevalent. The protests ignited women against gender bias, police brutality, immigration, and racial equality. All history is a factor in America, requiring large and small input.