Marching to the Mountaintop by Ann Bausum
How Poverty, Labor Fights and Civil Rights Set the Stage for Martin Luther King Jr's Final Hours

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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.

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About Ann Bausum

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ANN BAUSUM grew up with a love of research and American History. In this book she tackled each President as its own assignment, immersing herself in reference volumes, historical documents, and period anecdotes. Finding the facts that she knows kids will love is her favorite part of research. Ann is a multi-award winning author, with awards including the Orbis Pictus Recommended List, Book Links Best Books for the Classroom, Booklist Editor's Choice Top of the List Nonfiction, Notable Social Studies Trade Book of the Year, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, ALA Notable Books for Children, New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, a Golden Kite Award for Nonfiction, and more. The author lives in Beloit, WI.

Author Residence: Beloit, WI
Published January 10, 2012 by National Geographic Children's Books. 112 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Children's Books, Political & Social Sciences.

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The intersection of the 1968 Memphis garbage strike, the Poor People’s Campaign and the last days of Martin Luther King Jr.

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