Across Cultures

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The Road Taken

The Road Taken
1996, director: Selwyn Jacob

Excerpt (5:26)


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In the 1950s Black porters intensified their struggle against discriminatory practices by railroad companies. White workers and unions supported an employment structure that restricted Blacks to poorly paid jobs. It took more than a decade of struggle by railroad employees, but finally Fair Employment Practices Legislation was enforced by government. Archival footage and newspaper headlines help tell the story.