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“At the River I Stand” traces the tumultuous events that unfolded over two fateful months in 1968. In February 1968, Memphis sanitation and public workers went on strike after years of racism, neglect and abuse when two Black garbage collectors were crushed to death on the job. What began as a local strike for human dignity and a living wage, eventually captured national attention and drew Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Memphis, along with the assassin who would kill him. It was a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement and the national struggle for racial and economic justice. The film was awarded the 1994 Erik Barnouw Award for Best Documentary by the Organization of American Historians.
This forum will feature a screening of the film, as well as a presentation and discussion on the Movement for Black Lives and prospects for organizing in 2018.