Keep Your Trash

Material Information

Keep Your Trash
Berg, Charles ( Musician )
Hills, Steve ( Musician )
English, Jon A. ( Musician )
Parsons, Wil ( Musician )
Quinlan, James ( Editor )
Roberts, Churchill ( Author, Primary )
Roberts, Churchill ( Narrator )
Roberts, Churchill ( Director )
Copyright Date:


Originally screened in 1971, “Keep Your Trash” is the first documentary film recounting the events of the historic 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers strike and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A young graduate student at the time, Churchill Roberts began working with a group called Memphis Search for Meaning Committee to collect footage and interviews about the strike shortly after Dr. King’s death. Roberts completed the film during his time as a doctoral student at the University of Iowa. In subsequent years, Churchill Roberts became an award-winning film maker and a prominent professor in the College of Journalism at the University of Florida. His films include, Freedom Never Dies: The Legacy of Harry T. Moore" (2001), and "Negroes With Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power (2006). Thinking back over four decades after the making of “Keep Your Trash,” Professor Roberts recalls: “The events in Memphis changed my life completely. Before attending Iowa, I had taught communication for a year in a vocational program funded by the Manpower Development Training Act, an act of Congress to help people at the bottom of the economic ladder, particularly minorities, develop job skills. Teaching in the vocational program made me realize how unfair society had been to the less privileged. Dr. King’s assassination brought a sense of urgency to the problem. At Iowa I took a course on race relations and focused my early research on the portrayal of minorities on television. Later, I had an opportunity to make several PBS documentaries about unsung heroes of the civil rights era.” After discussing this film with Samuel Proctor Oral History Program director Paul Ortiz, Professor Roberts agreed to give a copy of Keep Your Trash to the Proctor Program to re-release for public educational use. UF Oral History is honored to be able to play a role in sharing this wonderful film over four decades after its original release. We are particularly grateful to our colleagues at the George Smathers Libraries for assistance in the film's re-release. For more information on the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida, please visit:

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida Institutional Repository
Holding Location:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.


This item is only available as the following downloads:

Full Text
xml version 1.0 encoding UTF-8
REPORT xmlns http:www.fcla.edudlsmddaitss xmlns:xsi http:www.w3.org2001XMLSchema-instance xsi:schemaLocation http:www.fcla.edudlsmddaitssdaitssReport.xsd