Interview with Ethel Mae Matthews
QUESTION 9
JACKIE SHEARER:

Talking about sweeping the streets: when the sanitation workers went strike in 1977, did you support what they were about?

ETHEL MAE MATTHEWS:

Yes, I did, we did.

JACKIE SHEARER:

Could you talk about that strike?

ETHEL MAE MATTHEWS:

Well, when the sanitation peoples went on strike. We felt that by them being poor and had, you know, that's what you call the sanitation, that job, to me, is a very low-class job. And we felt that by them having that kind of job, and everything, we felt that it was our duty to support them. We weren't going against mayor by supporting them. But we was lending them our support so they could get more for what they did, and where they could live better. And we offered change, you know. If it take demonstrating, protesting, sitting in, singing in, praying in, sometimes doing a little cursing in, that's what we all about, see. That's what we all about. Bringing about a change. Now, some changes has come. But not all of the changes that we would like to see.