Struggles in Steel: A History of African-American Steelworkers


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Struggles in Steel: A History of African-American Steelworkers

  • 1996
  • Directed By: Tony Buba and Raymond Henderson
  • Rated Not Rated
  • Documentary
  • 86 Minutes
  1. Friday, October 23, 2015 6:30 p.m.
Image from the film Struggles in Steel
This documentary focuses on the Civil Rights Movement in the heavily segregated steel industry and its equally segregated union, The United Steelworkers of America (USWA), at the time when this industry—devastated by mismanagement and global competition—began to crumble. It is a powerful picture of black working-class life in the latter part of the 20th century, told in a combination of interviews and documentary footage. Through live testimonials and revelatory archival materials, Struggles shows the contributions of African Americans to the steel industry and to the labor movement more generally. Director Tony Buba is scheduled to be present. (DigiBeta)