Memphis, Spring 1968 marked the dramatic climax of the Civil Rights movement. At the River I Stand skillfully reconstructs the two eventful months that transformed a strike by Memphis sanitation workers into a national conflagration, and disentangles the complex historical forces that came together with the inevitability of tragedy at the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
This documentary brings into sharp relief issues that have only become more urgent in the intervening years: the connection between economic and civil rights, debates over strategies for change, the demand for full inclusion of African Americans in American life and the fight for dignity for public employees and all working people.
Associate Professor of History Alex Lichtenstein will introduce the film and lead a discussion following the screening.
“One of the most clearheaded, evenhanded documentaries about the civil rights movement you’ll ever see, and a piece of gripping story-telling as well.” -Dallas Observer
1994 Erik Barnouw Award Recipient, Best Documentary, Organization of American Historians
This free screening is part of the Black History Month series at the Black Film Center/Archive, co-sponsored by the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, the Department of History, and the Black Law Students Association.