Struggles in Steel | 1996
Ray Henderson was outraged when a local television station did a program about the closing of a major steel mill just outside Pittsburgh. Henderson, who had worked for eighteen yeras at the mill was angry that the images and the voices of a significant group of workers were absent. No blacks appeared on the program, even though African American workers had formed a critical part of the labor force in Wetsren Pennsylvania for 125 years. A civil-rights worker and fighter for equal rights on the job, Henderson approached his white school friend, Tony Buba, now a noted independent filmmaker, to collaborate on a history to recognize the contribution of blacks to not only the steel industry, but to the development of solidarity itself. Buba and Henderson began interviewing black steelworkers, including some women, who had experienced and continually fought the deep racism pervading both the industry and the union. The mills were not segregated until 1974!