Photographer to speak on Memphis sanitation workers' strike of 1968

The Walter P. Reuther Library, in collaboration with the Wayne State University Law School's Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights, is proud to host renowned photographer Richard L. Copley as he discusses his work and experiences during the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers' strike.

Memphis sanitation workers, AFSCME Local 1733, went on strike for increased wages and union recognition, but most importantly, to be treated with respect and dignity. The strike became an important chapter in the civil rights movement, attracting the support of Martin Luther King Jr., who was visiting the striking workers when he was assassinated. Copley documented key moments during the strike, including marches, police and National Guard response, rallies, speeches, and memorials for King.

On Thursday, June 7, at 6:30 p.m., Copley will talk about the assignment - his first as a photojournalist - to document the strike. The event will take place at Wayne Law's Partrich Auditorium located at 471 W. Palmer, Detroit. A selection of his photographs is also on display.

Published: Mon, Jun 04, 2018