[act-ma] 1/24 5 pm Memphis Sanitation Workers 1968 with labor leader William Lucy (Wed)

Trumpbour, John jtrumpbo at law.harvard.edu
Sun Jan 21 21:53:33 PST 2018

Jerry Wurf Memorial Forum

History Revisited: Memphis Sanitation Workers 1968


Wednesday, January 24, 2018


5:00 pm EST


Austin Hall, Ames Courtroom, Harvard Law School, 1515 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138


Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School; Harvard Trade Union Program; Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice


William Lucy, founding president of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists


Free and open to the public

Contact Info:

john_trumpbour at harvard.edu<mailto:john_trumpbour at harvard.edu>


Part of the Jerry Wurf Memorial Forum that honors one of the nation's most distinguished labor leaders, William Lucy's presentation will explain the sanitation workers' strike in 1968 that brought Martin Luther King to Memphis where he was assassinated. Lucy was a prominent labor organizer during the Memphis strike and soon became the founding president of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists. Mainstream media and commentators frequently ignore the centrality of labor struggles and economic justice in MLK's legacy.

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