I Am a Man, 1968 AFSCME Sanitation Strike, Memphis, TN, Commemorative Poster
Black and white poster, 14 x 19.875 in., boldly headed, I AM A MAN/ AFSCME...The 1968 AFSCME SANITATION STRIKE/ Memphis, Tennessee, featuring an image of two Memphis Union workers at center, identified as Rev. Theodore Hibbler and Ted Brown, possibly after a photograph produced by Ernest Withers, a Memphis, TN, native. The image has also been attributed to Richard Copley, a photographer employed by AFSCME, the union that sponsored the striking sanitation workers. Copley was asked to document the Spring 1968 protests in Memphis as well as Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech, which was given to the sanitation workers on March 18, 1968. The workers were fighting for better pay and improved safety standards after two Memphis garbage collectors were crushed to death by their truck’s trash compactor. (Information obtained from NBC News article, "MLK and Me, How Rookie Photographer Captured History," by Christina Caron, April 4, 2013.)
This poster was produced by Allied Printing Trades Council, Memphis, TN, and hung in the offices of AFSCME in Memphis in 1978, on the 10th anniversary of the sanitation strike. The number "78" appears next to the Allied Printing logo, indicating that this was printed in 1978.
This poster has some creases and soiling/spotting, as well as some light corner and edge wear.