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William Lucy oral history interview conducted by Emilye Crosby in Washington, D.C., 2013-06-25

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Creator:Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
Creator:Crosby, Emilye
Creator:Lucy, William, 1933-
Title:William Lucy oral history interview conducted by Emilye Crosby in Washington, D.C., 2013-06-25
Date:2013 June 25
Description:

William Lucy discusses his role in the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) in the 1960s, especially how he and the union supported the 1968 sanitation workers' strike in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1966 Lucy started to work for AFSCME in Washington, D.C., as the Associate Director of the Department of Legislation and Community Affairs. Lucy explains AFSCME's support of the Civil Rights Movement, especially the push to expose the economic exploitation of African Americans. Lucy narrates the events of the 1968 sanitation workers strike in Memphis, discusses the involvement of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and describes the union's strategies. Lucy also discusses his involvement in the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists and the Free South Africa Movement.

Types:Oral histories (document genres) | Interviews | InteractiveResource
Subjects:King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 | Civil rights movements--United States | Civil rights movements--Tennessee | Sanitation Workers Strike, Memphis, Tenn., 1968 | African American labor leaders--Interviews | AFSCME | United States, District of Columbia, Washington, 38.907192, -77.036871
Collection:Civil Rights History Project
Institution:Library of Congress
Contributors:American Folklife Center
Original Material:

Civil Rights History Project, (U.S.) (AFC 2010/039), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

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Forms part of online collection: Civil Rights History Project

Persistent Link to Item:http://www.loc.gov/item/afc2010039_crhp0094/