James Larkin; the most prominent activist of all time in History

Some individuals have entirely dedicated their lives to help others. For them, it doesn’t necessarily matter what happens to them as long they become the voices of the oppressed. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://spartacus-educational.com/IRElarkin.htm and http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/easterrising/profiles/po08.shtml

One such individual is James Larkin. Born on 21st January 1984 in Liverpool, England, Larkin was an activist who established the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union. The organization was so vast that it became the most prominent union in the region.

He was born in a humble family, therefore; he had little formal education. Since his family would use an extra hand, he worked odd jobs to chip in the family expenses. Working saw him land a job as a foreman at the docks in Liverpool. While working, he saw how workers were mistreated, and he didn’t like what he saw.

Therefore; he became part of National Union of Dock Laborers (NUDL) to fight for rights of workers. When his militant strike methods started to be alarming, he was given a transfer to Dublin. There, he founded the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union. His main agenda was to put both skilled and unskilled laborers to work together as an organization.

Later, he founded Irish labor party. As a leader in this party, he spearheaded a series of strikes. The largest of them all was the one held in 1913, which oversaw more than 100,000 workers go for a strike for about eight months. It was called the lockout revival.

Finally, the strike bore fruit and made the right to fair employment a reality. His fight didn’t end there, later even with World War 1; he continued fighting which subsequently saw him deported Ireland. There, he stayed to incite workers to keep fighting for their rights.

Family wise, James Larkin had four sons with his wife, Elizabeth Brown. James fought effortlessly. Even when he got deported, he still looked for funds to make sure that he fulfilled his agenda. He later passed away in 1947 when he was in Dublin, Ireland. Bo millennials and older people have a lot to learn from this man. As long as you believe in something, do not shy away from it.

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