Going Down Jericho Road : The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King's Last Campaign, Paperback / softback Book

Going Down Jericho Road : The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King's Last Campaign Paperback / softback



Memphis in 1968 was ruled by a paternalistic "plantation mentality" embodied in its good-old-boy mayor, Henry Loeb.

Wretched conditions, abusive white supervisors, poor education, and low wages locked most black workers into poverty.

Then two sanitation workers were chewed up like garbage in the back of a faulty truck, igniting a public employee strike that brought to a boil long-simmering issues of racial injustice.

With novelistic drama and rich scholarly detail, Michael Honey brings to life the magnetic characters who clashed on the Memphis battlefield: stalwart black workers; fiery black ministers; volatile, young, black-power advocates; idealistic organizers and tough-talking unionists; the first black members of the Memphis city council; the white upper crust who sought to prevent change or conflagration; and, finally, the magisterial Martin Luther King Jr., undertaking a Poor People's Campaign at the crossroads of his life, vilified as a subversive, hounded by the FBI, and seeing in the working poor of Memphis his hopes for a better America.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 640 pages, 16 pages of illustrations
  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Black & Asian studies
  • ISBN: 9780393330533



Free delivery within the UK
Standard Delivery
Within the UK

Also by Michael K. Honey   |  View all



Available with free
standard delivery



Available with free
standard delivery