A Black History Month Event: All Labor Has Dignity

Sanitation workers strike in Memphis in 1968. (Photo Credit: Richard L. Copley)

February 15th, 2017 6 pm – 8 pm

UO Portland
White Stag Building room 142/144
70 NW Couch Street
Portland, OR

Simulcast at UO campus in Eugene, Knight Library, Studio A

**This is a FREE, PUBLIC event. Please select a ticket for the UO Portland location or for the UO Eugene simulcast.**

The event will feature a lively facilitated discussion with civil rights activist and trade-unionist leader, William “Bill” Lucy.

Mr. Lucy helped lead and was a voice in the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees for 57 years. As a lifelong labor activist he collaborated with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr during the 1968 sanitation workers’ strike in Memphis, Tennessee. Mr. Lucy was a founding member and President of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU).

In addition, join us for a viewing of the new Bullfrog films short documentary: “Love and Solidarity” directed by Labor historian and filmmaker, Michael Honey.

Dr. Honey teaches African-American, civil rights, and labor history at University of Washington, Tacoma. The evening program will feature his new documentary, Love and Solidarity, which highlights the life of civil and workers’ rights champion, Rev. James Lawson. Dr. Honey will join the conversation with Mr. Lucy.

This program will provide an historical perspective on the sanitation workers struggle for dignity in 1968 and provide insights into worker’s rights and union challenges in 2016.

For more information please contact Sherman Henry at the Labor Education Research Center 503-412-3722. See the University of Oregon Labor Education and Research Center website at lerc.uoregon.edu for more information.