Ivy Bethune is well-known to SAG, AFTRA and AEA members for her nearly 80 years of service to her unions and to the civil rights movement. Today, as we mark the April 4th commemoration of the passing of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and come together for WE ARE ONE, the woman known affectionately as Miss Ivy shares her thoughts with her fellow union members via this online post:
I first joined Actors' Equity in 1939 and found myself rallying for civil rights at the age of 15. In the 1950s, I was blacklisted, along with many other union members, for being so outspoken about protecting the rights of other workers, fighting to ensure a fair wage and a safe workplace. But I came back fighting. And we're still fighting today. Working people's basic rights are under attack across our nation. If we don't stand together, it will only embolden those who are anti-union. We must stand together because We Are One.