Today, we celebrate the life of the incomparable Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and reflect on the sacrifices of everyone who offered their bodies for the Civil Rights Movement. It is important to remember that, although today Dr. King is depicted as a loving “dreamer,” he is a martyred revolutionary who died fighting so that Black people could be treated as human beings in the society that we live in.
In observance of what would have been Dr. King’s 87th birthday (which was on January 15), we present the documentary King: A Filmed Record…Montgomery To Memphis. This documentary, made in 1970, compiles exclusive footage of Dr. King’s journey from leading the 381-days-long Montgomery Bus Boycott until his assassination in Memphis in 1968. This documentary was released in 1970 as a “one-time-only” event in theaters. In 1999, the Library of Congress deemed it “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
Watch the doc below in two parts. (Sorry for the subtitles. This is the only version on the Internet that we could share here.)