At the River I Stand (1993)(58min)

February 27, 2014 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

A film about the 1986 Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike
and Dr. Martin Luther King’s Evolving Vision of Justice
Winner of Best Documentary Award, Organization of American Historians

The documentary brings into sharp relief issues that have only become more urgent in the intervening years, offering new insights into the intersection of race and class. Stirring historical footage shows community mobilization in support of the workers as they took on the white power structure. As the struggle developed the national leadership of AFSCME put the international union’s full resources behind the strike.

One day, a sign showed up on the picket line that expressed in its poignant simplify what the struggle of the 1300 sanitation workers was all about: “I am a man.”

The film unflinchingly depicts the internal controversies that took place among Dr. King’s advisors, local leaders and younger militants.  “At the River I Stand,” is a riveting portrait of grit and determination of ordinary people will inspire viewers to re-dedicate themselves to racial and economic justice. As the income gap between poor and rich Americans grows even wider, this film will deepen reflection and action on what kind of nation we wish to create today. Conversation and refreshments will follow the film screening.

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Free to the Public

Co-sponsored by the CNY Occupational Health Clinical Center, the Workers’ Center of Central New York, and the Syracuse Chapter of the NAACP