Free Monday Movies Tomorrow Night at 8PM, Old Town Pizza Vanport Location!
The word “migrant” usually brings up images of brown-skinned Spanish-speaking farm workers, doing back-breaking labor in hot fields for little pay. But 40 years ago, migrant farm workers were primarily poor blacks, and a few whites as well. Born in this country and lured to migrant farm camps with the promise of steady work, entire families would travel the harvest circuit throughout the southern United States, enduring overcrowded and unsanitary conditions that sometimes meant near-starvation.
Harvest of Shame (1960, CBS, black & white)
1960 television documentary presented by broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow on CBS that showed the plight of American migrant agricultural workers. The program originally aired on Thanksgiving day in November 1960. The December 5, 1960 edition of Time quoted producer Lowe as saying, "We felt that by scheduling the program the day after Thanksgiving, we could stress the fact that much of the food cooked for Thanksgiving throughout the country was picked by migratory workers.”
Migrant (1970, NBC, color)
This 1970 television documentary is a follow up to CBS’ Harvest of Shame. NBC sent a film crew out to revisit the same locations as the original, to find out if conditions had improved in the 10 years that had passed.
This is a well-written follow up article interviewing Jerome, then 9 years old, the unwitting star of Harvest of Shame, in 2003.
Hope to see you there!
Old Town Pizza
5201 NE MLK (in Vanport Square Center)
#6 and #72 bus, ample free parking
All ages – 8PM – In the loft