Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968
Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968
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Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968

Written by Alice Faye Duncan & illustrated by R Gregory Christie
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9 - 12
Reading age
40
Page count
77
Words per page
~769L
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Aug 28, 2018
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This historical fiction picture book presents the story of nine-year-old Lorraine Jackson, who in 1968 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. In February 1968, two African American sanitation workers were killed by unsafe equipment in Memphis, Tennessee. Outraged at the city’s refusal to recognize a labor union that would fight for higher pay and safer working conditions, sanitation workers went on strike. The strike lasted two months, during which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was called to help with the protests. While his presence was greatly inspiring to the community, this unfortunately would be his last stand for justice. He was assassinated in his Memphis hotel the day after delivering his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” sermon in Mason Temple Church. Inspired by the memories of a teacher who participated in the strike as a child, author Alice Faye Duncan reveals the story of the Memphis sanitation strike from the perspective of a young girl with a riveting combination of poetry and prose.

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    Book Details

    ISBN
    9781629797182
    Publication Date
    August 28, 2018
    Publisher
    Highlights
    Page Count
    40
    Words Per Page
    76.5
    Audience
    Picture
    Reading Age
    9 - 12 years
    Lib. of Congress (LCCN)
    2017949844
    Est. Lexile® Level
    ~769L
    Est. Fountas & Pinnell Level
    ~R
    ATOS® Book Level
    4.9
    Accelerated Reader® Points
    0.5
    Accelerated Reader Quiz
    197315
    Accelerated Reader Interest Level
    MG

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