Directed by Ray Henderson and Tony Buba
The current angry debates around affirmative action too often ignore their historical roots: how prior to government intervention African Americans were confined to the most back-breaking, dangerous and low paid work. Struggles in Steel documents the shameful history of discrimination against black workers and one heroic campaign where they won equality on the job.
Black steelworker Ray Henderson and noted independent filmmaker Tony Buba interviewed more than 70 retired black steelworkers who tell heart-rending tales of struggles with the company, the union and white co-workers to break out of the black job ghetto. With Henderson as guide, they retrace a century of black industrial history.
NOTE: A special lunchtime screening of Struggles in Steel will be held on Wednesday, February 6, 12:30 PM, in the Hoosier-Times Student Commons at Ivy Tech Community College – Bloomington.
“An outstanding job!…Provides a vitally important historical foundation for the current debates about race and affirmative action.” -Bruce Nelson, Dartmouth College