Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  30 minutes
Date:  1970
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 9-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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I Am Somebody

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1969 hospital workers struggle in Charleston, South Carolina.

I Am Somebody

In 1969, 400 poorly paid black women -- hospital workers in Charleston, South Carolina -- went on strike to demand union recognition and a wage increase, only to find themselves in a confrontation with the National Guard and the state government.

Supported by such notables as Andrew Young, Charles Abernathy, and Coretta Scott King, the women nonetheless conducted a strike under the guidance of District 1199, the New York based union, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

A testament to the courage of these women who would not be humbled, the now classic I AM SOMEBODY is both an inspiring film and an important historical record.

Icarus Films is proud to re-release this landmark civil rights documentary from a new digibeta videomaster that has been digitally restored with enhanced audio and video.

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Main credits

Anderson, Madeline (Director)
Anderson, Madeline (Producer)
Foner, Moe (Producer)

Other credits

Film editor, Madeline Anderson; cameramen, Don Hunstein, Roland Mitchell.

Distributor credits

A Film by Madeline Anderson

Docuseek2 subjects

African-American Studies
Civil Rights
Labor History
U.S. History
Citizenship, Social Movements and Activism
Women's Studies
Health Care Sector
The American South
Black History
Women's History
American (U.S.) Studies

Distributor subjects

American Studies
Civil Rights
Economic Sociology
History (U.S.)
Labor Studies
North America
Social Movements
Women's Studies


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