WASHINGTON (April 4, 2011) – Civil Rights advocate William Lucy will be featured during a symposium on the landmark Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike of the 1960s. The event will be held in the Blackburn Center Auditorium from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, April 15.
The event, titled “Conversations with William Lucy,” will highlight Lucy’s involvement with the labor strike as a high-level labor leader. A discussion and tribute to Lucy will be followed by “I Am a Man: From Memphis, a Lesson in Life,” a short documentary about the strike. A reception in the Hilltop Lounge is also planned.
Lucy is a former international secretary-treasurer of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). In 1968, Lucy traveled to Memphis to lend his support to the city’s sanitation workers. The men were struggling to form a local union chapter in the face of fierce opposition from city officials. Pickets and marches were met with police batons, beatings and arrests.