African American Committee


African-American Committee

This committee brings African-American union leaders together to spearhead positive community events designed to improve the lives of our members and the communities we live in. The African-American Committee’s signature events include the Leora Hill Scholarship Fund, Dr. Martin Luther King celebratory events across the state, the Annual Thanksgiving Holiday Turkey Give-Away and the Christmas Toy drive among other regionally sponsored events.


A Message from the SEIU Local 1000 African-American Committee

As SEIU Local 1000 celebrates the kickoff of another Black History Month, we lament the fact that we as a nation have yet to acknowledge our history of racial injustice, including the genocide of Native people, the legacy of slavery and racial terror lynchings, and the legally authorized segregation and abuse of people of color.

Before we can effectively address contemporary issues such as mass incarceration, immigration, and human rights, we must work to create a California for ALL by first telling the truth about our history.


Being Black in the workplace
An Online Event

The African-American Committee will showcase the power dynamics of black professionals in a political charged environment, featuring former Secret Service Agent to President Obama 
Holli Draines’ virtual presentation.


2020 Leora Hill Scholarship

Leora Hill was born on August 7, 1951, in Lorain, Ohio, to Raymond Edward Fowler Sr. and Priscilla Jane Douthit. She was the fourth of six children, and mirrored her values of love, family and social responsibility in her own two children, Toni and Troy Fowler. Leora began her working life at the Ford Motor plant and discovered the importance of dignity at work and advocating for workers’ rights soon on. She moved to California in 1981 with her daughter, and in 1982, she met the man who would become her best friend and life partner, Wayne Hill. They married on March 29, 1985.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Join the African-American Committee at an event near you

Fifty years ago, Dr. King called for a “revolution of values,” inviting people who were divided to stand together for social and economic justice. 50 years later, the African-American Committee stands for these same values and will march with members and community leaders in honor of knowledge, dignity and change! Are you in? We welcome everyone and encourage you to invite someone from another race, religion or cultural background to walk with us. Lert’s continue to make history with our annual tradition!


Educational Opportunities are a Union Value!
Apply now for the 2020 Leora Hill Scholarship

Our Local 1000 Purpose Statement provides us with a vision of a better life for all Californians. A foundational component of that vision is a solid education, which is essential to achieving social and economic justice.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Leora Hill Scholarship, an opportunity our union offers to children of our members enrolled in middle school, high school or college.