October 11, 2010

"Harvest of Shame" 50th Anniversary Event

When: Oct. 20th, 6pm
Where: St. Edwards University, Ragsdale Hall 326 C (Mabee Ballroom C)

Legendary journalist Edward R. Murrow's "Harvest of Shame" is among the most famous television documentaries of all time. Richly photographed and arrestingly poignant, this exposé on migrant farmworkers aired on CBS the day after Thanksgiving in 1960. The report resonated deeply for a nation unfamiliar with such brutally honest depictions of living conditions that, as Murrow remarks, "wrong the dignity of man."

Fifty years later, the Campaign for Fair Food is bringing fairer wages and more humane labor conditions to Florida's fields through a historic alliance of farmworkers, consumers, growers, and retail food industry leaders. While the transition to a more just Florida tomato industry is finally underway, much remains to be done to ensure a future of dignity and respect for the workers who plant and pick our nation's fruits and vegetables.

This 75-minute multimedia event will include excerpts from Harvest of Shame, as well as a presentation on the history and evolution of U.S. farm labor relations and present-day organizing efforts by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW).