‘Finally Got the News’

Screens 7 p.m. Friday, March 31 at the Detroit Historical Museum. Tickets are $10.

‘Finally Got the News’ is a forceful, unique documentary that reveals the activities of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers inside and outside the auto factories of Detroit. Through interviews with the members of the movement, footage shot in the auto plants, and footage of leafleting and picketing actions, the film documents their efforts to build an independent black labor organization that, unlike the UAW, will respond to worker’s problems, such as the assembly line speed-up and inadequate wages faced by both black and white workers in the industry.

Beginning with a historical montage, from the early days of slavery through the subsequent growth and organization of the working class, ‘Finally Got the News’ focuses on the crucial role played by the black worker in the American economy. Also explored is the educational ‘tracking’ system for both white and black youth, the role of African American women in the labor force, and relations between white and black workers.

After the film: Juanita Anderson, head of Media Arts and Studies at Wayne State University, leads a discussion with Mike Hamlin, a founding member of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers; Marian Kramer Baker, longtime community activist and president of the National Welfare Rights Union; and Gregory Hicks, a founder of the Black Student United Front.

Year: 1970
Running time: 55 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Filmmakers: Jim Morrison, Stewart Bird, Peter Gessner, René Lichtman, John Louis Jr.
Production company: League of Revolutionary Black Workers