John Douglas

STRIKE CITY



 30 min. B&W- cinematography, edited, and co-directed with Tom Griffin - 1967

[Note:  Award: Blue Ribbon, American Film Festival]   

 

Plantation workers in Leland, Mississippi went on strike for more than $6.00 a day and were evicted. Animals and belongings were thrown out into the road. Their determination to stick together, rather than go back to the plantation or be forced out of the state, was their strength. After a bitter winter living in tents, they were able to obtain partial support from private sources and begin building permanent housing. The poverty program backs down on its promise of support in response to Mississippi senators who fear the implications of collectives of black farmers in Mississippi. 







and now... nearly 50 years later...







 

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