Barbara-Bridges at McKeldin Square in Baltimore. (Bill Hughes)
The first minimum wage law was passed in America more than 75 years ago.
Social justice activists held a rally Wednesday at McKeldin Square in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor area to mark that anniversary. A campaign is underway in Maryland, and across the country, too, to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Speaking on camera are activists Barbara Bridges, Marvin “Doc” Cheatham, Crystal Richardson and Beth Emmerling. Sharon Black helped organize the rally and served as the moderator of the program. Cheatham is running for the House of Delegates in the 40th legislative district. He said that if he wins he will introduce legislation to “raise the minimum wage – a living wage – in Maryland” and another to ensure “equal pay for equal work for women.”