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Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination in 1968 was a tragedy for American culture, but it also left a void in the media. King helped broadcast the conditions of the Jim Crow South by attracting film crews to the lawns where crosses were being burned or the lunch counters where protesters were being attacked. The Baptist preacher provided iconic imagery in front of the camera, delivering his “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and marching arm-in-arm across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Only two years after his death, three hours’ worth of this historical footage was compiled into a documentary, King: A Filmed Record…Montgomery to Memphis, screened for a single night in 600 theaters across the country. AFI Silver returns the film to the big screen so that, although King is gone, his message will endure forever through these recordings of his words and actions. Directed by Hollywood luminaries Sidney Lumet and Joseph L. Mankiewicz, the film features narration and commentary from a cast—Sidney Poitier, James Earl Jones, Paul Newman, Charlton Heston, and more—almost as legendary as King himself.
KING: A FILMED RECORD… MONTGOMERY TO MEMPHIS SCREENS AT 10 A.M. AND 1 P.M. AT THE AFI SILVER THEATRE AND CULTURAL CENTER, 8633 COLESVILLE RD., SILVER SPRING. FREE. (301) 495-6720.