The oral history consists of five digital files: 2011.174.94.1a, 2011.174.94.1b, 2011.174.94.1c, 2011.174.94.1d, and 2011.174.94.1e.
William "Bill” Lucy discusses his role in the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) in the 1960s, especially how he and the union supported the 1968 sanitation workers' strike in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1966, Lucy started to work for AFSCME in Washington, D.C., as the Associate Director of the Department of Legislation and Community Affairs. Lucy explains AFSCME's support of the Civil Rights Movement, especially the push to expose the economic exploitation of African Americans. Lucy narrates the events of the 1968 sanitation workers strike in Memphis, discusses the involvement of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and describes the union's strategies. Lucy also discusses his involvement in the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists and the Free South Africa Movement.
A white poster with black lettering used by Arthur J. Schmidt during the 1968 Memphis March. The poster reads "I / AM / A MAN." A small allied printing label is stamped on the bottom of the front of the poster at center in black ink. The back of the poster is blank.