AFSCME, Coalition of Labor Union Women (U.S.), Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (U.S.), Cosatu, Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid, International Union, United Automobile Workers of America (CIO), William Lucy, Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama, Shell Oil Company, United Steel Workers, Harold Washington
Political Science | Political Theory | Race and Ethnicity | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Work, Economy and Organizations
Length: 71 minutes
Oral history interview of Rosetta Daylie by Sarah Bonkowski
Rosetta Daylie begins by recounting her childhood on the South Side of Chicago, raised by a politically active family. She recalls her initial work in food service at the Illinois Visually Handicapped Institution. She explains how she was working for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), a trade union of public employees, when she learned about the anti-Apartheid movement and the Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid (ILLNAA. She describes her work with ILLNAA and the Coalition of Black Trade Labor Unionists, the Shell boycott she helped organize, and the protests at the South African Consulate where she and other protesters were arrested. She recalls witnessing the elections for Mandela in South Africa, the tensions before election day, the emotional reactions of the people waiting to vote, and the massive celebrations that followed. She describes her experience meeting Mandela and his wife and the other individuals she met in South Africa. She reflects on what she hopes her children learned from her activism work and the family members that influenced her in that direction early on. She explains why Harold Washington was so important to her and her community. She concludes by discussing the volunteer work she does at present.
Bonkowski, Sarah. "Interview with Rosetta Daylie" (Fall 2009). Oral Histories, Chicago Anti-Apartheid Collection, College Archives & Special Collections, Columbia College Chicago. http://digitalcommons.colum.edu/cadc_caam_oralhistories/27
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