In 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. answered a call to go to Memphis to support African American sanitation workers who were on strike for recognition of their union. Dr. King saw an opportunity to link this struggle to his growing, nationwide Poor People's Campaign and challenge the economic power structure of the south through a nonviolent campaign. "At The River I Stand," a film about the struggle where Dr. King's life ended, emphasizes the integral connection between civic, racial and economic rights. The film includes interviews with those who worked alongside Dr. King in Memphis and were with him there when he was killed. At a time when public sector workers in New Hampshire and other states are facing new threats to their rights to organize unions and bargain collectively, “At the River I Stand” serves as a reminder of why public employees need unions and what it took to win the right in the first place.
Co-sponsored by Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service, AFSC, NH Peace Action, and NH UCC Peace with Justice Advocates. Admission is free.
L.R. Berger, (603) 496-1056