From New York City to Memphis: Teacher Unions and Politics

Professor of History Marjorie Murphy discusses teacher unions, politics and how the differences between these two parties caused the Ocean Hill-Brownsville strike of 1968. Martin Luther King, McGeorge Bundy, Sunny Carson, and Dick Parrish are the key figures that this lecture seeks to bring to the forefront as characters whose actions aided in shaking up New York in the late 1960's. Their roles, influences, and actions are laid out in a clear and concise manner so as to highlight the specific route that their actions took. Professor Murphy also discusses why public school education in many American cities, is for minority parents, an intellectual, social, and economic death sentence for their children, and why Dewey’s ideal of ideological ground fell to the neo-conservatives while the progressive shattered into fragments after the Ocean Hill-Brownsville Strike.