The Sanitation Strike Of 1968
The story is broken up into small segments with headings. It begins with sanitation workers (who are mostly black) and their unhappiness with the poor working conditions and unsafe equipment.
"Several Memphis garbage trucks were old and unsafe. The trucks were not maintained.
According to my daddy, a packer blade malfunctioned, crushing his friends.
Daddy told Mama, "It ain't right to die like that."
And with those deaths began the unrest over their treatment, lack of decent wages, poor equipment, and the feeling that no one would take their concerns seriously.
"When they could take the abuse no more, 1,300 men deserted their garbage barrels. They organized a labor strike on February 12,1968."The struggle continues even after Dr. King is killed. His wife, Coretta Scott King, flies to Memphis, committed to continuing her husband's work helping the sanitation strike with a nonviolent march.
The back page of the book has a timeline that is very helpful.
What Concerned Me: Though many of the illustrations were quite good, some looked ill-proportioned.
I also wasn't a fan of the title. One, it's wordy and hard to remember. Two, The Sanitation Strike takes back seat to the title.
What I Liked Most: The story is broken up into small segments that make it very child-friendly and easy to comprehend.