William "Bill" Lucy Oral History Interview

Created by
Civil Rights History Project, American, founded 2009
Interview of
Lucy, William, American, born 1933
Interviewed by
Dr. Crosby, Emilye Ph. D., American
Subject of
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, American, founded 1932
Dr. King, Martin Luther Jr., American, 1929 - 1968
Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, American, founded 1972
Free South Africa Movement, American, founded 1985
Medium
digital
Dimensions
Duration: 01:18:24
Type
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Collection title
Civil Rights History Project
Classification
Media Arts-Film and Video
Place collected
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, United States, North and Central America
South Africa, Africa
Date
June 25, 2013
Description
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.
LOC ID: afc2010039_crhp0094
Topic
Activism
Africa
American South
Associations and institutions
Civil rights
Labor
Local and regional
Social reform
United States--History--1961-1969
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in partnership with the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
Object number
2011.174.94.1a-e
Restrictions & Rights
© Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture and The American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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