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At the River I Stand

56 min
HD5325 .S2572 1968 M46 2004 DVD

At the River I Stand reconstructs the two eventful months in Memphis in 1968 leading to the tragic death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the climax of the Civil Rights Movement. It demonstrates the integral connection between the struggle for civic and economic rights. At the River I Stand show's how Memphis' Black community rallied behind a strike by grossly underpaid sanitation workers. Dr. King saw an opportunity to link this struggle to his growing, nationwide Poor People's Campaign and challenge the economic power structure of the South. His non-violent strategy was sorely tested during the bitter 65-day strike and on April 4th, he was murdered.

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