The Atlanta Cyclorama, in partnership with Urban Film Review, will present a screening of the powerful documentary, At The River I Stand, on April 3 at 7 pm.
The documentary recounts the events of the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike which became a national event. It brought together complex issues rooted in economic and civil rights, and the struggle for dignity by public employees and all working people.
The film also includes details of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's involvement in the events of the strike. Dr. King's initial visit to Memphis was undermined when controversies between his advisers, local leaders and younger, radical protestors turned violent. His non-violent strategy was challenged, so when Dr. King returned to Memphis it was to a less-than-inviting environment. During that last visit, Dr. King delivered his prophetic, "I have been to the mountaintop" speech. He was killed the next day on April 4, 1968.
After the film, historian and educator Nasir Muhammad will lead the audience in a facilitated dialogue. Everyone is invited to participate and discuss their thoughts about the film.
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