Events | Program on Race, Ethnicity and the Economy (PREE)

I Am a Man: Documentary Screening and Discussion (EPI Forums)

Date: September 20, 2011

The Economic Policy Institute’s Program on Race, Ethnicity and the Economy and the Poverty and Race Reserach Action Council invite you to a documentary screening and discussion.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Economic Policy Institute
1333 H Street NW, East Tower
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20005

As our nations policymakers debate how government can help boost employment and jumpstart our stalled economic recovery, it is important to remember that a good job is more than an economic indicator; it is a source of dignity for people who want to work.

In 1968, black sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee, who toiled for less than the federal minimum wage and were subject to deadly working conditions, stood together and said: Enough.

Their protest, now best known as the final mass action joined by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. before his assassination, was at heart a demand by 1,300 African Americans to be treated like men.

I Am a Man is the award-winning documentary film chronicling the 1968 Sanitation Workers strike through the eyes of one its participants and present day sanitation worker, Elmore Nickleberry.