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Marching to the Mountaintop

How Poverty, Labor Fights, and Civil Rights Set the Stage for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Final Hours

Bausum, Ann

(Book - 2012)
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In early 1968 the grisly on-the-job deaths of two African-American sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee, prompted an extended strike by that city's segregated force of trash collectors. Workers sought union protection, higher wages, improved safety, and the integration of their work force. Their work stoppage became a part of the larger civil rights movement and drew an impressive array of national movement leaders to Memphis, including, on more than one occasion, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. King added his voice to the struggle in what became the final speech of his life. His assassination in Memphis on April 4 not only sparked protests and violence throughout America; it helped force the acceptance of worker demands in Memphis. The sanitation strike ended eight days after King's death. The connection between the Memphis sanitation strike and King's death has not received the emphasis it deserves, especially for younger readers. Marching to the Mountaintop explores how the media, politics, the Civil Rights Movement, and labor protests all converged to set the scene for one of King's greatest speeches and for his tragic death. National Geographic supports K-12 educators with ELA Common Core Resources. Visit www.natgeoed.org/commoncore for more information.

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Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 1426309406
9781426309403
1426309392
9781426309397
Branch Call Number: j 323.092 K53ba 2012
Characteristics: 104 p. :,ill. (some col.) ;,28 cm

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In early 1968 the on-the-job deaths of two African American sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee, prompted an extended strike by the city's segregated force of trash collectors. Their work stoppage became a part of the larger civil rights movement and drew an array of national movement leader... Read More »

Ann Bausum returns to the subject of Civil Rights with more exhaustive research, more compelling narrative, and more new and fascinating analysis than any other non-fiction author for children today. This new angle on the historically significant and fascinating life and work of Martin Luther Kin... Read More »


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