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Title Martin Luther King: The Assassination Tapes / Director: Jennings, Tom
Published Australia : SBS ONE, 2012
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Summary Telling the story of the last days of Dr. Martin Luther King through rare television and radio news accounts, many not seen or heard since 1968, Martin Luther King: The Assassination Tapes delves into one of the defining moments in American history.The catalyst that would lead to Martin Luther King's assassination began three months before his death, when the city's sanitation workers went on strike. Realising that this might be a seminal moment in the Civil Rights Movement, scholars at The University of Memphis started to collect every piece of media they could find - television, radio and print. These are known as the MLK Assassination Tapes and they highlight a chilling, immersive experience of those historic events. Martin Luther King: The Assassination Tapes is created almost entirely through the use of this television and radio news footage from the weeks leading up to Dr. King's visits to Memphis through the aftermath of his murder. Adding to the rarity of these tapes is the fact that standard practice for most local stations was to re-use their tapes and wipe out history, and very few local television and radio stations in Memphis preserved their footage. It includes poignant footage of Coretta Scott King and her children marching in Memphis just days after King's death, in support of the striking workers. (From the Netherlands, in English) (Documentary) M (A) CC Follow the conversation on Twitter #SBSdoco
Event Broadcast 2012-12-07 at 20:35:00
Notes Classification: M
Subject King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968.
African Americans -- Biography.
Civil rights workers -- Biography.
United States.
Form Streaming video
Author Jennings, Tom, director