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Ministers Forum Supports Strike by Blind Workers

Date: November 19, 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 November 19, 1970 Greensboro Daily News article, W. K. Lee Jr. reports on the Greensboro Ministers Pulpit Forum's support of the workers strike at Industries of the Blind due to poor conditions at the factory where “workers are subjected to exploitative wages, forced to work under horrible and dangerous conditions, denied seniority rights based on work efficiency and black workers suffered wide-spread racial discrimination.” The forum also criticizes the media for their lack of coverage of the strike, and claims that many strikers have faced harassment. Lee reports that Mayor Jack Elam called a press conference to discuss allegations that the police department had provided transportation to work for non-strikers and harassed strikers. Leaders of the Pulpit Forum are Rev. Julius Douglas and Rev. Prince Graves.

This article was clipped and saved in a scrapbook by Clarence “Curly” Harris, manager of the Greensboro Woolworth store at the time of the 1960 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#: 1.4.1086

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