Memphis, Martin, and the mountaintop : the sanitation strike of 1968

Duncan, Alice Faye, author

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  • Creator Alice Faye Duncan ; illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication First edition. Honesdale, Pennsylvania : Calkins Creek, an imprint of Highlights, [2018] ©2018
  • Physical Details
    • 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
  • ISBNs 9781629797182, 1629797189
  • OCLC on1049177287


  • This historical fiction picture book presents the story of nine-year-old Lorraine Jackson through prose and poetry. In 1968 she 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.
  • For nine-year-old Lorraine Jackson, the Sanitation Strike of 1968 hit close to home. Lorraine marched with her daddy and other sanitation workers through the streets of Memphis fighting for equal rights and safer working conditions. With her mother, she boycotted stores. Lorraine's life was forever changed when she heard Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preach his famous sermon "I've Been to the Mountaintop" to the tired and frustrated strikers. Dr. King was tragically killed the next day, and hope seemed shattered. But Lorraine, her family, and the people of Memphis pushed through those difficult times, because dreamers never quit. Author Alice Faye Duncan based the character of Lorraine Jackson on a teacher who participated in the Memphis Sanitation Strike as a child. Using a riveting combination of poetry and prose, Alice Faye reveals the inspiring story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s final stand for justice. -- From dust jacket.


  • Includes bibliographical references.
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