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|Creator:||Memphis press scimitar|
|Date:||1968 Feb. 23|
Black-and-white photograph from February 23, 1968 taken by the Memphis Press-Scimitar newspaper in Memphis, Tennessee. In the photograph, several white policemen surround an African American man; one of the policemen holds the man by his collar.
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. On February 23, the Memphis City Council refused to recognize the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), and later that day, police used mace on a demonstration that included striking sanitation workers, women, children, and clergy. After the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1968, Undersecretary of Labor James Reynolds, sent to Memphis by United States president Lyndon B. Johnson, negotiated with city officials and labor leaders. As a result of negotiations, the strike ended April 12, 1968.
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|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 | Police--Tennessee--Memphis | African American men--Tennessee--Memphis | African American men--Violence against--Tennessee--Memphis | Violence--Tennessee--Memphis | Police brutality--Tennessee--Memphis | Men, White--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 | 2007-04-24|
1968 Sanitation Workers Strike, PS 90012, University of Memphis Libraries Special Collections, Memphis, Tennessee
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