Julius Margolin: 1916-2009
Activist, Artist, Organizer, and Inspiration
Our hearts and spirits go out to the family and friends of our friend, hero, and champion Julius Margolin, our comrade in the struggle for equity and fairness for America’s working people, particularly, and to all of America and our global community.
Peace and blessings, to George Mann his long time friend and collaborator (fellow conspirator in equality), the Margolin family, and all of us whose lives have been forever changed, challenged, and inspired because of his life. He lives in spirit within each of us who know him…
“Even Now Don’t Morn, ORGANIZE…”
In Memory of Julius Margolin
by: Darryl! L.C. Moch
He has been a strong advocate for youth involvement in the movement to promote the next generation and wave of activists and fighters. He was always an ardent supporter of the arts and culture of the labor movement. He was the consummate creative organizer. His light, love, energy, and spirit will be missed in the physical world but to be sure he will continue to fight on our behalf now and forever.
He was a friend, and a leader, and will be missed.
[to the tune of Joe Hill]
“From New York City, DC and beyond
In streets and union halls
Where workers and youth stand for what’s right
It’s there you will find Morgolin
It’s there you will find Margolin”
“I dreamed I heard Julius sing out
challenging the “right” and wrongs
I says, ‘but Julius, they said your gone’
“I never died” says he,
“I never died” says he.
Just then he reached out and touched my mouth with is pointed frail finger, he says “keep working, you do good work and we need you don’t give up.” I said, through held back tears “You will never die, Julius,
never die, my friend.”
And with that he smiled and turned and walked away singing as he always did..”Solidarity Forever…solidarity…..” I watched as long as I could until there was just a faint glimmer, then I turned to go back and work…he’ll never die, because he lives through us.
The Julius Margolin Youth in Labor Scholarship
The Julius Margolin Youth in Labor Scholarship fund was created to help bring young union activists and artists to two labor cultural festivals that are held each year, the Great Labor Arts Exchange, held in Silver Spring, Maryland each June. We aim to award at least two scholarships amounts will depend on travel expenses for each applicant, but will range between $300 and $500.
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