2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike, Dr. Martin Luther King’s last struggle, in the course of which his life was cut short. To commemorate and reflect on these events, a group of organizations linked to the ASA meetings will be doing a showing of At The River I Stand, a documentary about that history. The movie will be followed by a short panel and discussion featuring Deborrah Dancy, a staff member at Brooklyn College who as a teen took part in support for the strike and in civil rights activism in Memphis, and Glenn Bracey, professor of sociology at Villanova, who will offer broader reflections on the 1968 Memphis campaign and its connections with issues and struggles we face today.
The event is cosponsored by the Association of Black Sociologists, and the ASA sections on Labor and Labor Movements, Marxist Sociology, Race/Gender/Class, and Racial and Ethnic Minorities. It will take place on the evening of Monday, August 13 at the Ibrahim Theater at the International House http://ihousephilly.org/conferencecenter/ibrahim-theater, near the ASA conference venue (about 20 minutes away by transit). The movie is at 6:30pm, followed by a short panel (with time for audience questions and discussion) 7:30-8:00pm. The Labor and Labor Movements and Marxist Sociology Sections will also be hosting a joint reception in the same venue up till 9:30, and those attending the movie and panel are welcome to join the reception as well.