Interview with William Lucy

Were you surprised that the men there, in particular, struck?


Yeah, I was quite surprised, ah, the, the, the strike was, was, was an accumulation of grievances that had not been addressed. Ah, the men were not the typical militants that you would see in, ah, in, militant union activity. These were 55, 60 year old men who had spent the better part of their life, ah, at least their work life, working for the city of Memphis, in what essentially had to be the most unskilled profession that you could imagine. So they were not eager to strike, they were not eager to make any statement. They were simply were looking for a resolution to some of the outstanding grievances that they had for some time.