At the river I stand / "Black people have to set the temper of the times" [film]



Here is a visual companion to the ongoing discussion in the Organized Labor & the State Fistfight in Heaven post, where Rob asks: "How far is the distance from Memphis in 1968 and Madison in 2011?"

Description: "At the River I Stand" chronicles the tumultuous events that unfolded over two fateful months in 1968. It began as a local strike by African-American sanitation workers for human dignity and a living wage. The story eventually captured national attention and drew Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Memphis, along with the assassin who would kill him. The results marked a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement and the national struggle for racial and economic justice."

Watch the full film here for a limited time. Excerpt below.