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Oral history interview with Elizabeth Brooks, October 2, 1974

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Creator:Brooks, Elizabeth
Creator:Jones, Beverly Washington, 1948-
Creator:Southern Oral History Program
Title:Oral history interview with Elizabeth Brooks, October 2, 1974
Date:1974 Oct. 2

Elizabeth Brooks discusses her role in the UNC Food Workers Strike of 1969. Originally from Caswell County, North Carolina, Brooks had lived in Hillsborough since 1949. Prior to working for food services at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Brooks spent her time raising nine children. The job at UNC was her first, and she had only recently started to work in Lenoir Dining Hall when the first stage of the strike began in February of 1969. Although she was a new employee, Brooks was one of the leaders of the strike. Here Brooks focuses on the workers' grievances regarding the unexpected firing of employees, low wages, unrealistic demands on workers' time, and withheld back pay. After failed negotiations with the administration, Brooks and some of the other workers organized the strike with the help of Preston Dobbins and the Black Student Movement at UNC. Within a month, the initial demands of the strikers had been met, but Brooks's interview ends by looking towards the beginning of the second strike that occurred after SAGA took over food services for the university.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories (document genres) | Text | Sound
Subjects:Brooks, Elizabeth | Scott, Robert Walter, 1929-2009 | Strikes and lockouts--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | African American women--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | Strikes and lockouts--Food industry and trade--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | Food service employees--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | Food service employees--Labor unions--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | Food industry and trade--Employees--Labor unions--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Black Student Movement | United States, North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 35.9132, -79.055845 | United States, North Carolina, Orange County, 36.0613199, -79.1205595
Collection:Oral Histories of the American South: The Civil Rights Movement
Institution:Documenting the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Contributors:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project)
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