Born in Memphis, TN, Lucy worked for Contra Costa County in California as a materials and research engineer and in 1956, joined AFSCME Local 1675. A decade later, he was elected president of the Local and the next year, he left engineering to work full time for the labor union. He worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the Memphis sanitation strike in 1968 until King was assassinated later that year. The strike continued and the union won recognition... Click below to read more and for a chance to win one of 100 Black History Month posters.
“Though his name is not as well-known as King and Mandela, Lucy has carved out a legacy based on living wages, health care benefits, and job safety,” said the NAACP. “And like these famous men, Lucy's legacy lives on through the lives of hundreds of thousands of working families around the world every day.”
- Kenneth Quinnell, AFL-CIO Now blog. Click here for all the Black History Month Labor Profiles, including A. Philip Randolph, Keith Richardson, Fannie Lou Hamer, Augusta Thomas and Ella Josephine Baker.
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