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  • Tim Gamwell

"Harvest of Shame": A Legacy

Updated: Jun 26, 2019

While the Center officially began in 1992, founder Father Frank O'Loughlin began his vocation as a priest over 50 years ago in Indiantown working with migrant farmworkers. For many new to the plight of migrant workers, John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath is required reading. Edward R. Murrow's documentary Harvest of Shame is similarly required viewing.


The film details the harsh reality for hundreds of thousands of migrant workers in Florida. His closing words continue to echo today as a call to action for all defenders of human rights:


"The migrants have no lobby. Only an enlightened, aroused and perhaps angered public opinion can do anything about the migrants. The people you have seen have the strength to harvest your fruit and vegetables. They do not have the strength to influence legislation. Maybe we do. Good night, and good luck."


For a more in depth read on the legacy of Harvest of Shame from NPR, read more here: link

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