The Ford Hunger March was carried out on March 7, 1932, during the Great Depression. It’s sometimes called the Ford Massacre, as five people eventually died.
At least 5,000 unemployed metro Detroiters protested joblessness, hunger and poor living conditions.
The march, which began in Detroit and ended at Dearborn’s Ford Motor Company’s Rouge Plant, was led by several progressive political organizations, including the Detroit Unemployed Council and the Auto, Aircraft and Vehicle Workers of America.
Four workers were fatally shot by the Dearborn Police Department and security guards employed by the Ford Motor Company. More than 60 people were injured. Three months later, a fifth worker died as a result of injuries sustained.
The march was considered an important step to unionizing auto plants.
One of the march organizers was Dave Moore. He later became a founding member of the United Automobile Workers Local 600 and one of the first African-Americans to hold union office.
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