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Diversity film 'At the River I Stand'
Date Thursday January 21
Time 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Details
Ellen Driscoll Playhouse
325 Highand Ave.
Piedmont, CA 94611
Event Type Screening
Organizer/AuthorEllen Driscoll Playhouse
"At the River I Stand" is a poignant documentary set in Memphis, Tennessee during the 1960s, a narrative about mobilization, determination and tragedy during the civil rights movement. It covers two very eventful months in 1968 that culminate with the success of the unionization of sanitation workers and the tragic death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis.

Narrated by Paul Winfield, At The River I Stand tells the story of how, after integration, African Americans were pushed to the bottom of society. With extremely low wages and poor working conditions it was only a matter of time before emotions strained towards the breaking point. In February 1968, the atrocious working conditions for African Americans came to a head with the death of two sanitation workers. With no insurance or worker's compensation, their families were left with nothing but heartache and more desperate times. As a result, 1300 sanitation workers walked off the job in a strike that lasted 65 days. With the simple statement "I am a Man" the worker's movement gained momentum and determination. The strike then received national attention as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. brought his Poor People's Campaign to Memphis.


*Commentary by Jennifer Ceconni Education/film Consultant from F & H Film & History, An Interdisciplinary Journal.

Sponsored by the Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee and Piedmont League of Women Voters.

For more info: LoisCorrin [at] gmail.com. or 510-318-4840

Thursday, Jan 21
6:30 pm free reception
7-8 pm showing of film
followed by community discussion
admission is free, no need to rsvp

Second showing
Saturday, January 23, 3-4 pm at The New Parkway, 474 24th Street, Oakland, corner of Telegraph and 24th. Admission is free, no need to rsvp

For information about the Martin Luther King Day community celebration on January 18 at the community center in Piedmont, contact Lois [at] diversityfilmseries.org

Free, no need to rsvp.
Added to the calendar on Sunday Jan 3rd, 2016 10:15 PM

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