How the Mare Island '21ers' Fought for the Rights of Black Shipyard Workers
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Memorial unveiled for the Mare Island Original 21ers
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Mare Island Yardbird — 11/18/10
"[W]ith your advancement, you had to have a certain amount of time in this position before they would make you permanent. You never made permanent. You never had the time in the position, to make permanent, so we were more of less left out of everything, because they could cut you off just before you were able to move on. They'd [let you go] on Friday evening and hire you back Monday morning, [so] you were just a temporary employee. That was standard [practice]."
— Boston Banks, Mare Island Original 21/25 member
Standing Tall: Willie Long & The Mare Island Original 21ers
An important, yet long unknown story about the civil rights movement is now brought to life through Jake Sloan’s inspiring firsthand, well-researched account of the courage and activism of a brave group of African American men working at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, California during the 1960s..