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Sanitation Strike March

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Creator:Memphis press scimitar
Title:Sanitation Strike March
Date:1968 Feb.
Description:

Black-and-white photograph from February 1968 taken by the Memphis Press-Scimitar newspaper in Memphis, Tennessee. In the photograph, African American men and women participate in a march in support of striking sanitation workers. Several of the demonstrators carry signs; slogans on the signs include "We are together once and for all" and "We shall overcome."

The Memphis Sanitation Workers' strike began on February 11, 1968, following years of dangerous working conditions, discrimination, and the work-related deaths of two African American sanitation workers. Led by local clergy, including Methodist pastor James Lawson, community members engaged in boycotts, mass meetings, marches, and other civil disobedience in support of the strike. The strike ended April 12, 1968.

The University of Tennessee Libraries (Knoxville, Tennessee) is the digital publisher.

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Types:Image
Subjects:Sanitation Workers Strike, Memphis, Tenn., 1968 | Strikes and lockouts--Tennessee--Memphis | Sanitation workers--Tennessee--Memphis | Civil rights movements--Tennessee--Memphis | Civil rights--African Americans--Tennessee--Memphis | Civil rights--Tennessee--Memphis | Civil rights demonstrations--Tennessee--Memphis | Memphis (Tenn.)--Race relations | Race relations | Race discrimination--Tennessee--Memphis | Strikes and lockouts--Sanitation--Tennessee--Memphis | Strikes and lockouts--Refuse collectors--Tennessee--Memphis | Central business districts--Tennessee--Memphis | Stores, Retail--Tennessee--Memphis | African American civil rights workers--Tennessee--Memphis | Civil rights workers--Tennessee--Memphis | Signs and signboards--Tennessee--Memphis | Picketing--Tennessee--Memphis | Shelby County (Tenn.) | Memphis (Tenn.)
Collection:1968 Sanitation Workers Strike
Institution:University of Memphis. Special Collections Dept.
Contributors:University of Memphis. Libraries. Special Collections Dept.
Online Publisher:Knoxville, Tenn. : Volunteer Voices | 2007-02-27
Original Material:

1968 Sanitation Workers Strike, PS 60012, University of Memphis Libraries Special Collections, Memphis, Tennessee

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