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Blind Strike May Drag On

Date: circa 1970

Author: W. K. Lee , Jr.

Biographical/Historical abstract: W. K. Lee Jr. was a staff writer for the Greensboro Daily News in 1970.

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In this Greensboro Daily News article, W.K. Lee Jr. reports on a strike by employees at the Industries of the Blind in Greensboro. Lee notes that only two of the forty-three strikers are white, and says many black leaders feel “inaction on the strike will widen the chasm between blacks and whites in Greensboro.” He also notes that the Industries management denies race as an issue, and states that there has been no direct contact between management and strikers. The workers organization, Concerned Workers for Industries of the Blind, claims they have been fighting for better working conditions and benefits for years. Many leaders claim they had looked into the situation and found no discrimination. Lee writes that a walk through the plant reveals many of the workers' safety complaints to be valid, but one manager says they are “within the limits required by the health department.” Mentioned in the article are Rev. Julius Douglas, Thomas Bailey, Jack Elam, Louis Brooks, and Rev. George Gay.

This article was clipped and saved in a scrapbook on race relations by Clarence “Curly” Harris, manager of the Greensboro Woolworth store at the time of the 1960s sit-ins that spawned lunch counter sit-ins across the South and rejuvenated the civil rights movement.


Format of original: Newspaper Clippings

Collection: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

Repository: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Item#: 1.4.1084

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