At the River I Stand

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At the River I Stand

  • 1993 ----- color ----- 56 min ----- vhs
  • Reconstructs the two eventful months in 1968 which transformed a local strike into the dramatic climax of the Civil Rights Movement. Disentangles the complex forces which led to the tragic assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. When 1300 sanitation workers finally went on strike for higher wages and union recognition, Memphis' white power structure united in its refusal to negotiate with them. Clarifies the controversies between King's advisors, local leaders and militants, which led to a violent confrontation with Memphis' brutal police force. Recaptures the sense of foreboding as Dr. King delivered his final "I have been to the mountain-top" speech. The next day, April 4, 1969, he was assassinated.
  • Topics: (American Ethnic Studies: Afro-American, Biography, History: American, Labor Relations, Law, Political Science: American)