How the Mare Island '21ers' Fought for the Rights of Black Shipyard Workers

KQED— 5/29/18

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Checking in on the Original 21ers: a Q&A with Jake Sloan

Richmond Pulse — 1/17/18

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Standing Tall: Willie Long & the Mare Island Original 21ers

Art Vallejo — 7/22/17

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Mare Island

The Navy Yard Association Newsletter — 3/1/17

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Mare Island Original 21ers still making history

Times-Herald — 11/18/10

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Memorial unveiled for the Mare Island Original 21ers

Mare Island Yardbird — 11/18/10

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House to honor civil rights activists

East Bay Times — 1/14/07

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Heroes among us

The Reporter — 11/18/06

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One man started the saga

Times-Herald — 11/14/06

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"[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 vs. U.S. Government at Mare Island Naval Shipyard
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..