"I Am Somebody:" Film Screening, Lunch and Discussion
November 7, 2019
12:00 pm-1:30 pm
Room: Great Hall
UMass Amherst Campus
Newly preserved by the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, Madeline Anderson’s "I Am Somebody" (1970) brings viewers to the front lines of the fight for civil rights.
In 1969, black female hospital workers in Charleston, South Carolina went on strike for union recognition and a wage increase, only to find themselves in a confrontation with the state government and the National Guard. Featuring Andrew Young, Charles Abernathy, and Coretta Scott King and produced by Local 1199, New York’s Drug and Hospital Union, "I Am Somebody" is a crucial document in the struggle for labor rights.
This event is part of the Building Bridges public art and engagement initiative which is supported by the Office of Equity and Inclusion, The Partnership for Worker Education and Civic Engagement and Service-Learning.