LEE COUNTY, Fla. - It was the documentary that gave voice to some of America's poorest workers, including many in Southwest Florida.
Fifty years ago, legendary journalist Edward R. Murrow profiled the lives of this country's migrant worker population. His nearly hour-long documentary brought him and CBS to Immokalee, where they followed workers through Florida fields, showcasing poor living conditions and pay rates of a dollar-per-day or less.
Today, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers credits the documentary with exposing what they have long said are unfair labor laws. Even now, 50 years later, the group fights for change in the way of better pay and benefits for thousands of workers. Many in of Southwest Florida's tomato pickers make less than $12,000 per year.
"Harvest of Shame" was screened in Immokalee Friday as part of a fundraiser for the C.I.W.