Singing About Food Labor; Bill Lucy on the ’68 Memphis strike
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The Gravy podcast explores how, from Punchin' the Dough to Peach Pickin' Time in Georgia, music has long included songs about labor. On Black Work Talk, host Steven Pitts talks with labor icon William A. Lucy, whose more than fifty-year career included working on the sanitation workers campaign that brought Martin Luther King to Memphis in 1968.   And, on today’s Labor History in 2:00: Fighting for Equal Pay

Produced/edited by Chris Garlock. To contribute a labor history item, email

Labor History Today is produced by the Metro Washington Council’s Union City Radio and the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University. We're a proud founding member of the Labor Radio Podcast Network, more than 100 shows focusing on working people’s issues and concerns. #LaborRadioPod

Gravy is a production of the Southern Foodways Alliance.  The episode included in this week's LHT was produced by Matt Pearl and derives from a presentation originally shared at the 2019 Southern Foodways Symposium on Food and Labor. Visit for more helpings of Gravy. #LaborRadioPod @southfoodways @BlackWorkTalk @ILLaborHistory Edited/produced by Chris Garlock; social media guru: Harold Phillips

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