San Francisco Public Library


2/19/10 - 3/27/2010

Main Library

San Francisco History Center Exhibit Space - 6th Floor

100 Larkin St.

1963 saw the beginning of massive civil disobedience actions in San Francisco. Demonstrations at Mel’s Drive-In, Lucky Grocery, the Sheraton Palace Hotel and Auto Row focused on discriminatory hiring practices that excluded African Americans from employment equal to white workers. While appearing tame in light of later riots and militancy, these actions shook the city’s liberal image of itself at the time, resulted in over 260 employment agreements for minority workers, and forever changed the way we define freedom of speech. Featuring photographs by Phiz Mezey, a San Francisco photojournalist, this collaborative exhibit presents selections from the archives of the San Francisco History Center, SFPL, and the Labor Archives and Research Center, a special collection of the J. Paul Leonard library at San Francisco State University. Curated by Nancy J. Arms Simon.