July 16, 1947
Alexis Margaret Herman, the only African-American to serve as the U.S. Secretary of Labor, was born in Mobile. Herman’s political career began in 1977 when President Jimmy Carter appointed her to head the Department of Labor Women’s Bureau. She also served as the chief executive officer of the 1992 Democratic National Convention and as director of the White House Public Liaison Office under President Bill Clinton. As Secretary of Labor from 1997-2001, Herman settled a UPS workers’ strike, reformed public job-training systems and oversaw the implementation of the Youth Opportunity Grants program. Herman was inducted into the Minority Business Hall of Fame in 2007.
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