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I Am Somebody

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.

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Distributor subjects

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


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