Birth: Mar. 8, 1941
Death: Jan. 7, 2010
First Black Milwright and Black Apprentice for Alcoa Aluminum.
Wesley Allen Yancey was born on March 8th, 1941 in Mount Braddock, Pennsylvania. Wesley attended Mount Braddock High School and upon graduation in 1959, joined the US Marine Corp, July of 1961. While in service, he served as an African American Corporal, second division. Upon discharge his rank was corporal and honorable in service during Vietnam.
Wesley returned to Pennsylvania after the service, but came to Cleveland in 1966. Wesley worked at Alcoa Aluminum as the first African-American Milwright. He led a Civil Rights lawsuit with 6 other African American males, lead a precedence for equality against the Apprenticeship Program's discriminations. After obtaining victory, he also led a tenure of excellence in service and employee performance as the first African American Milwright. He worked there for 36 years until he had to retire due to illness.
Wesley's great love was the game of golf. He would watch golf on television for hours. He belonged to the Outer City Golf Club and won many trophies and tournaments. Notably, he was a strong advocate for teaching children the game of chess, with an ultimate focus on their academics.
In his last years, he became a member of The Burning Bush Evangelistic Ministries in Cleveland, OH, receiving the Lord as Savior.