Meet the Crew

Production Consultants
David Goodman
Laura Jean Hocking

Associate Producers
May Todd
Kierra Turner
Asia Sims

Video Editors
Laura Jean Hocking
Suzannah Herbert
Kevin Brooks

Cameras
Richard L. Copley
Stephen Hildreth
Kevin Brooks
David Goodman
Chad Barton
Averell Mondie

Audio
Kyle Taubken
Asia Sims
Charlie Metz
Bill Lineberry

Makeup and Hair Stylists
Faizah Husniyah
Kimberly Yasmine
Atziri Gomez

Web and Graphic Designers
Dana James Mwangi and Eso Tolson for Cheers Creative

Production Assistants
Arnold Anderson
Candace Carter
Mersadies Burch
Amani Thomas
James Vessell
Jamie Young

Shoot and Event Caterers
Ms. Girlee’s Restaurant
Midtown Crossing Grill
Chef Eli’s Table

Very special thanks to Phil Woodard for our interviews location

Emily Yellin

Founder and Producer

Darius B. Williams

Still Photographer

Richard L. Copley

Director of Photography
Video Interviews

Emily Yellin

Founder and Producer

Emily Yellin is a Memphis-based journalist, author, speaker and producer. She is a longtime contributor to The New York Times, mostly writing about the South, race and women’s issues. She is the author of two books, and has also written for Time, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Smithsonian Magazine, and other publications. She has a degree in English literature from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

Emily first interviewed 1968 Memphis sanitation workers 20 years ago. With Striking Voices, she builds on her parents’ legacy — David and Carol Lynn Yellin, who created an oral and visual history archive in 1968 about the strike, housed at the University of Memphis library.

Darius B Williams

Still Photographer

Darius B. Williams is a Memphis-based photographer specializing in portrait photography. He started taking pictures professionally in college. In 2015, Darius took on two, long-term, portrait projects. One is Striking Voices. The other is called, Young Black Creatives, in which Darius takes Memphis creative people out of the city for a day, to a rural setting, and produces innovative photos around expansive themes, such as “Afrocentric, Futuristic, Urban, Amish Chic.”

Darius is currently editor-in- chief of a startup quarterly publication in Memphis that will be by, for, and about black arts and artists. The inaugural issue is set to come out within the next year.

Richard L. Copley

Director of Photography
Video Interviews

In 1968, at 22 years old, Richard Copley worked as a freelance still photographer, documenting the sanitation strike. His photos have become some of the most iconic of that era, and many are included in the Striking Voices web series.

Richard went on to an award-winning career as a television news cameraman, working in Memphis, Atlanta, and Boston. He moved to New York in 1980 to work for NBC News, and eventually worked for ABC News, on such shows as “20/20,” and “Good Morning America,” and for CBS News, on “60 Minutes.” Since moving back to Memphis in 2013, he has continued to film television news and feature stories, and documentaries, for national news organizations.

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