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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 sparked protests and violence throughout America and helped force the acceptance of worker demands in Memphis. The sanitation strike ended eight days after King’s death.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As much as this book will tell you about King, it will tell you more about how black people were treated in this country fifty years ago. It may shock you; it should make you think.”

    Washington Post

  • “[A] fine and informative look at the crossover between labor actions and civil rights...This is an excellent source for curricular extension in American history courses.”

    School Library Journal

  • “This is history from the ground up, and Bausum makes good use of oral histories, newspapers, pamphlets, letters, and photographs to tell her tale.”

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