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Struggles In Steel: A Story of African-American Steel Workers
February 12, 2019 @ 4:15 pm - 5:40 pmFree
Susquehanna University’s Blough-Weis Library will present a screening of Pittsburgh filmmaker Tony Buba’s documentary Struggles In Steel: A Story of African-American Steel Workers at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in Room 104 in the library.
The event is free and open to the public and will be preceded by a 3:30 p.m. reception in honor of Buba, who will be on-campus for the screening, in addition to meeting with students in English and screenwriting.
Struggles In Steel came about after a local television station did a program about the closing of the major steel mills in the Pittsburgh region. Ray Henderson, a former mill worker who had worked in the mills for 18 years, couldn’t help but notice that not one black worker was shown. This despite the fact that African-American workers had formed a critical part of the labor force in western Pennsylvania for 125 years.
Henderson reached out to his old friend Buba, and together they created Struggles In Steel, a history of African-Americans’ contributions not just to the steel industry, but to the labor movement itself. Featuring interviews with over 70 African-American workers and revelatory archival footage, Struggles In Steel presents a striking counterpoint to the stereotypical black male image.