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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
Date:1972
Description:

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.)
Collection:Albany
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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Cite as: Freedom on Film : Civil Rights in Georgia, http://civilrights.uga.edu/

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Forms part of the Civil Rights Digital Library.

Forms part of the Freedom on Film Learning Object Web site.

Persistent Link to Item:http://civilrights.uga.edu/bibliographies/albany/johnnyjr.htm