Johnson, Yastrzemski

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Yastrzemski "Yaz" Johnson, Johnnie Johnson Jr.'s son, continues the work of his father. He is campaigning to rename a downtown building for his father.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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