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Rev. Johnnie Johnson Jr. and the 1972 City Workers' Strike

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Title:Rev. Johnnie Johnson Jr. and the 1972 City Workers' Strike

In the spring of 1972, the Rev. Johnnie Johnson Jr. led about 260 black sanitation workers and black employees of the water, gas, and light departments on a general strike. Throughout the 1960s, blacks who worked for the city still had faced separate and unequal working conditions: salaries lower than those of white employees doing the same work, separate restrooms and water fountains in employee facilities, even separate coffee pots based on race. As well as organizing a union, the strikers demanded better pay, fair hiring practices, and an end to workplace segregation.

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Types:Instructional materials | Articles | Lesson plans | Teaching guides
Subjects:King, C. B. (Chevene Bowers), 1923-1988 | Johnson, Johnnie, 1940-2000 | Johnson, Yastrzemski | Albany Movement (Albany, Ga.) | General strikes--Georgia--Albany | Strikes and lockouts--Georgia--Albany | Discrimination in employment--Georgia--Albany | Race discrimination--Georgia--Albany | Segregation--Georgia--Albany | Wages--Sanitation workers--Georgia--Albany | Sanitation workers--Georgia--Albany | African Americans--Civil rights--Georgia--Albany | Civil rights movements--Georgia--Albany | Civil rights workers--Georgia--Albany | African American civil rights workers--Georgia--Albany | African American men--Georgia--Albany | Albany (Ga.) | Dougherty County (Ga.)
Institution:Franklin College of Arts and Sciences (University of Georgia)
Contributors:Civil Rights Digital Library Collection (Digital Library of Georgia) | Freedom on Film (Project) | Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
Online Publisher:[Athens, Ga.] : Freedom on Film | 2007
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