At the River I Stand
Thu., April 3, 7 p.m. 2014
From the venue:At the River I Stand: The 1968 Sanitation Workers Strike and the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King recounts the 1968 two-month drama that transformed a Memphis sanitation strike into a national event. It brought together complex issues rooted in economic and civil rights, African-American inclusion, and the struggle for dignity for public employees and all working people. Kingâ€™s initial visit to Memphis was undermined when heated controversies between his advisors, local leaders and younger, radical protestors turned violent. His nonviolent strategy challenged, King returned to Memphis to a less-than-inviting environment. During that visit, King delivered his prophetic â€œI have been to the mountaintopâ€ speech. He was killed the next day.