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245 00 At the river I stand. 
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       |bdigital, .flv file, sound 
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500    Title from title frames. 
518    Originally produced by California Newsreel in 1993. 
520    At the river I stand: the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers 
       strike and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King 
       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 worker 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 
       58-minute 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. In 
       the 1960s, Memphis' 1,300 sanitation workers formed the 
       lowest caste of a deeply racist society, earning so little
       they qualified for welfare. In the film, retired workers 
       recall their fear about taking on the entire white power 
       structure when they struck for higher wages and union 
       recognition. But local civil rights leaders and the Black 
       community soon realized the strike was part of the 
       struggle for economic justice for all African Americans. 
       Through stirring historical footage we see the community 
       mobilizing behind the strikers, organizing mass 
       demonstrations and an Easter boycott of downtown 
       businesses. The national leadership of AFSCME put the 
       international union's full resources behind the strike. 
       One day, a placard appeared on the picket lines which in 
       its radical simplicity summed up the meaning of the strike
       : "I am a man." In March, Martin Luther King, Jr. came to 
       Memphis as part of his Poor People's Campaign to expand 
       the civil rights agenda to the economy. The film recreates
       the controversies between King's advisors, local leaders, 
       and younger militants - debates that led to open conflict.
       When young hotheads turned King's protest march into a 
       violent confrontation with the brutal Memphis policy, King
       left. King and the nation realized his leadership and 
       nonviolent strategy had been threatened. King felt obliged
       to return to Memphis to resume a nonviolent march despite 
       the by-now feverish racial tensions. The film captures the
       deep sense of foreboding that pervaded King's final "I 
       have been to the mountaintop" speech. The next day, April 
       4, 1968, he was assassinated. Four days later, thousands 
       from Memphis and around the country rallied to pull off 
       King's nonviolent march. The city council crumbled and 
       granted most of the strikers' demands. Those 1,300 
       sanitation workers had shown they could successfully 
       challenge the entrenched economic structure of the South. 
       Endemic inner-city poverty, attempts to roll back gains 
       won by public employees, and the growing gap between the 
       rich and the rest of us make clear that the issues Martin 
       Luther King, Jr. raised in his last days have yet to be 
       addressed. At the River I Stand succeeds in showing that 
       the causes of (and possibly the solutions to) our present 
       racial quandary may well be found in what happened in 
       Memphis. Its riveting portrait of the grit and 
       determination of ordinary people will inspire viewers to 
       re-dedicate themselves to racial and economic justice. 
       Producer David Appleby began making and producing 
       documentaries 30 years ago with his first film, Remains 
       (1979). His independent and collaborative film work has 
       earned him a Peabody Award, a duPont-Columbia Award, three
       CINE Golden Eagle awards, as well as a regional Emmy and a
       national Emmy nomination. He is currently a professor at 
       the University of Memphis. Other titles by the producer: 
       Hoxie: The first stand a professor of media studies in the
       Department of Communication at The University of Memphis, 
       Allison Graham currently researches and teaches American 
       culture, and media. Her work spans documentary film 
       production, journalism, and scholarly publication, for 
       which she has received several national awards, 
       international and national grants, and an Emmy nomination.
       Steven Ross writes, produces, and directs documentary and 
       fiction films. He is currently a Communications professor 
       at the University of Memphis. His films have been 
       broadcasted on PBS, the Arts and Entertainment Network, 
       and have been screened at several international film 
       festivals. 
538    Mode of access: World Wide Web. 
600 10 King, Martin Luther,|cJr.,|d1929-1968. 
610 20 AFSCME. 
650  0 Sanitation Workers Strike, Memphis, Tenn., 1968. 
650  0 Assassination|zTennessee|zMemphis. 
650  0 Employees|zTennessee|zMemphis. 
650  0 Documentary films. 
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700 1  Appleby, David,|d1948-|eproducer. 
710 2  Kanopy (Firm) 
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