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At the River I Stand1993

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  • 4.5
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. AT THE RIVER I STAND 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. The documentary 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.

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This is a concise, fascinating record of an event in civil rights and labor history, the sanitation workers' strike in Memphis, that's not talked about much, perhaps because Dr. King was shot in the middle of the crisis. Great interviews and remarkable footage, including a dead tired Dr. King marching shortly before his death.

The struggle for justice and fair wages , i believe was a very unfair situation. All because of the color of skin and not wanting to pay people what there job was really worth. It was truly sad to have King lose his life for something that worked itself out after his death. What a waste, If humanity can't appreciate a good man God will allow a removal of a man or woman he has put in place to bring about change. It's only a matter of time before God exacts revenge on the oppressors.