At the River I Stand: The 1968 Sanitation Workers Strike and the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King recounts the 1968 two-month drama that transformed a Memphis sanitation strike into a national event. It brought together complex issues rooted in economic and civil rights, African-American inclusion, and the struggle for dignity for public employees and all working people. King’s initial visit to Memphis was undermined when heated controversies between his advisors, local leaders and younger, radical protestors turned violent. His nonviolent strategy challenged, King returned to Memphis to a less-than-inviting environment. During that visit, King delivered his prophetic “I have been to the mountaintop” speech. He was killed the next day.