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Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop
Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968 | Alice Faye Duncan
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This historical fiction picture book for children ages 9-12 presents the story of nine-year-old Lorraine Jackson, who in 1968 witnessed the Memphis sanitation strike--Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s final stand for justice before his assassination--when her father, a sanitation worker, participated in the protest. In February 1968, two African American sanitation workers were killed by unsafe equipment in Memphis, Tennessee. Outraged at the city's refusal to recognize a labor union that would fight for higher pay and safer working conditions, sanitation workers went on strike. The strike lasted two months, during which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was called to help with the protests. While his presence was greatly inspiring to the community, this unfortunately would be his last stand for justice. He was assassinated in his Memphis hotel the day after delivering his "I've Been to the Mountaintop" sermon in Mason Temple Church. Inspired by the memories of a teacher who participated in the strike as a child, author Alice Faye Duncan reveals the story of the Memphis sanitation strike from the perspective of a young girl with a riveting combination of poetry and prose.
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“Sometimes bad people mess things up for people doing good.”

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I highly recommend this book. It explores the events of the Memphis Sanitation Strike which led to the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The main character is a woman recounting the events of her childhood and the strike that her father was a part of. Really well written and informative while still appropriate for children!

Reviewsbylola Ooooh, I need to get this! 11mo
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