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Voices from the Archives

Wilson Library
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Dates: March 20, 2019
Phone: (919) 962-4207
Time: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Price: Free

4:30 p.m. Reception and exhibition viewing, North Carolina Collection Gallery; 5:30 p.m. Program, Pleasants Family Assembly Room. On February 23, 1969, after repeated attempts to bring their grievances to the attention of the University administration, food service workers at UNC-Chapel Hill walked out at the beginning of the dinner shift. With the support of the Black Student Movement and other allies, the striking workers highlighted labor and racial inequities on campus. After a month of direct action and negotiation—during which Governor Robert Scott sent the state patrol to campus and mobilized the National Guard in nearby Durham—the strike ended with a wage increase and improved conditions for the food workers. It was one step in the ongoing fight for workers’ rights at UNC. In this performance directed by Kathy Williams, actors from PlayMakers Repertory Company will tell the story of this key moment in the history of labor and activism at the University. Williams is a faculty member in the department of dramatic art at Carolina and a member of PlayMakers Repertory Company.