It was her, after all, who gave Roosevelt a list of conditions she expected to be met before becoming his incoming Secretary of Labor in 1933. These conditions included a minimum wage, unemployment benefits, a 40-hour work week, the abolition of child labor, social security, a public services employment program, and nation-wide health care coverage.
Fannie M. Richards: Detroit’s First Black School Teacher
“Needless to say, moving to Detroit wasn’t for the faint of heart. Any African-American choosing to build roots there in 1863 would have to be tough, resilient, smart, and courageous. Fannie Richards was all that and more.”