Miles of Smiles, Years of Struggle (1982)

Genres - History  |   Sub-Genres - Race & Ethnicity, Social History  |   Run Time - 59 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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A union organizer and the widow of a Pullman porter, Rosina Tucker was 100 years old when she narrated this documentary on the formation of the first Afro-American trade union in the United States -- the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. When she was young, she remembered how her friends and relatives would hope for a job in George Pullman's company, their only means out of grinding poverty. Through interviews with six former Pullman employees, historical footage, and still shots, the documentary creates a poignant look at this segment of the civil rights movement in the United States.