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Black Workers' Rights Documentary to Play at the Broad Theater

07:00 February 27, 2024
By: Janay Major

NOWCRJ Presents At the River I Stand

The New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice will be hosting a special screening of At the River I Stand at the Broad Theater on February 28 at 7 p.m. This special viewing is in congruence to the celebration of Black History Month, and the center would like to bring awareness to a particular sector of Black history: Black workers' rights.

At the River I Stand is a 1993 film that follows Memphis sanitation workers organizing and protesting for equal economic and civil rights. Directed by David Appleby, Allison Graham, and Steve Ross, the 65-day protest coincided with the death of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which occurred within the two months of the protests. The movie documents the protests in the 1960s; however, Black Americans have been fighting for economic and civil rights since the immediate fall of the Reconstruction Era.

It is important to note how deeply rooted systematic racism is in the United States being that the fight for social and economic change has never ended. Organizations like The New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice continue to exist because white supremacy continues to exist. Join them at the Broad Theater as they highlight a section of the civil rights movement and how the center continues the fight presently.

The New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice was founded in 2007 following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. It is a multi-racial organization focused on the assisting exploited Black and immigrant workers. The center's goal is to close the ever-increasing gap between race, gender, and economics while simultaneously ending state sanctioned exploitative practices on Black and brown workers in Louisiana. They specialize in grassroots campaigns, legal and political advocacy, and leadership skills' training.

The Broad Theater is a neighborhood movie theater located in Mid-City. The four screen theater has comfortable seats and a bar to make your movie experience unforgettable. RSVP for the At the River I Stand screening through the center's website.

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