Film shows fight for rights

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A FILM evening held by Sheffield Trades Union Council aims to highlight ongoing issues of racial and economic rights.

The documentary, At the River I Stand, highlights the struggle for African American equality in Memphis, USA, during the 1960s.

The state’s 1,300 sanitation workers formed the lowest racial group and were paid so little they qualified to claim welfare.

Their strike for better pay and union rights became a heated national issue culminating in Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s death.

Bill Ronksley, secretary of Sheffield Trades Union Council, said: “This 58 minute documentary brings into sharp relief issues that have only become more urgent in the intervening years - the connection between economic and civil rights, debates over strategies for change, the demand for full inclusion of African Americans in American life and the fight for dignity for public employees and all working people.

“The film captures the deep sense of foreboding that pervaded King’s final ‘I have been to the mountaintop’ speech. The next day, April 4, 1968, he was assassinated.”

The film will be shown at Wortley Hall Left Film Club at 7.15pm on Wednesday, August 31.

The evening begins with a pie and pea supper at 6pm. Talks by former MP for Elmet in Leeds Colin Burgon and Unison shop steward Glenn Pickersgill follow the film.

n Tickets cost £6.50. Email info@wortleyhall.org.uk or call 0114 288 2100 for more information.