The story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., stretching from his days as a Southern Baptist minister up to his assassination in Memphis in 1968.
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1978  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 8 nominations. See more awards »

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 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (3 episodes, 1978)
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 Coretta Scott King (3 episodes, 1978)
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 Himself (3 episodes, 1978)
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 Philip Harrison (3 episodes, 1978)
Lonny Chapman ...
 Chief Frank Holloman (3 episodes, 1978)
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 Rev. Martin Luther King Sr. (3 episodes, 1978)
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 Robert F. Kennedy (3 episodes, 1978)
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 Damon Lockwood (3 episodes, 1978)
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 William Sullivan (3 episodes, 1978)
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 Stanley Levison (3 episodes, 1978)
William Jordan ...
 John F. Kennedy (3 episodes, 1978)
Warren J. Kemmerling ...
 Lyndon Johnson (3 episodes, 1978)
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 Jerry Waring (3 episodes, 1978)
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 Bull Connor (3 episodes, 1978)
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 Andrew Young (3 episodes, 1978)
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 David Beamer (3 episodes, 1978)
Dolph Sweet ...
 J. Edgar Hoover (3 episodes, 1978)
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 Malcolm X (3 episodes, 1978)
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 A.D. King (3 episodes, 1978)
Roger Robinson ...
 Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth (3 episodes, 1978)
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 Bernard Lee (3 episodes, 1978)
Robert Christian ...
 Wallace (3 episodes, 1978)
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 June (3 episodes, 1978)
Dallas Edward Hayes ...
 McKeecham (3 episodes, 1978)
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 Sheriff Corruthers (3 episodes, 1978)
Eric Olson ...
 Robert Kennedy's son (3 episodes, 1978)
Gene Woodbury ...
 Claude (3 episodes, 1978)
Alveda King ...
 Babysitter (3 episodes, 1978)
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 Reporter (3 episodes, 1978)
Julian Bond ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1978)
Ed Call ...
 Withers (3 episodes, 1978)
Ladonna Carter ...
 Bonnie King (3 episodes, 1978)
Ramsey Clark ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1978)
Hope Clarke ...
 Mary (3 episodes, 1978)
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 Young White Man (3 episodes, 1978)
Christine King ...
 Ferris Church Soloist (3 episodes, 1978)
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 Harold O'Connor (3 episodes, 1978)
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 SNCC Militant (3 episodes, 1978)
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 Ellie (3 episodes, 1978)
Bernice King ...
 Student (3 episodes, 1978)
Dexter King ...
 Student #2 (3 episodes, 1978)
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 Rev. Briggs (3 episodes, 1978)
Nick LaTour ...
 Man #1 (3 episodes, 1978)
Royce Wallace ...
 Mrs. Parker (3 episodes, 1978)
Frances E. Williams ...
 Mrs. Cumby (3 episodes, 1978)
Wycliffe Young ...
 McDonald (3 episodes, 1978)
Don Chambers ...
 Policeman (3 episodes, 1978)
Jeri Gray ...
 Screaming Mourner in Funeral (3 episodes, 1978)
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 Alabama State Trooper (3 episodes, 1978)
(3 episodes, 1978)
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 Barbara (3 episodes, 1978)
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The story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., stretching from his days as a Southern Baptist minister up to his assassination in Memphis in 1968.

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An impressive, informative and moving film.
18 January 2004 | by (Colorado, USA) – See all my reviews

I must admit, although I have always admired Martin Luther King Jr. for what he had attained, I never knew much about him. I saw this film with my family the day before the holiday designated in honor of him. There are few (non animated) films my three young boys will sit through, especially historical. However they were actually interested in this one. I was never one to be impressed by television mini-series (especially 70's) however this film holds it's own. The performances by the entire cast were well above board. At times I had to remind myself that this was a cast. The performances by both Paul Winfield as Mr. King and Cicely Tyson as His Wife (Coretta Scott King) were outstanding. As is to be expected since they are both fine actors, outstanding in their field. They both earned an Emmy nomination for their work on this film. It garnered a total of 8 nominations, and won for 'Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore) for the composer Billy Goldenberg. The direction and production values were extremely well done. The most important effect this film had on me, was in raising the awareness of what an amazing gentleman he was. I was born in the early 60's in the west, and was raised by open, loving parents to believe that all persons are equal. And that the content of one's character really was the only way to judge someone. ( Regardless of race.) I rarely saw the hatred that was so prevalent in the south in the 60's. Although I studied about it in school, and have seen documentaries of his life in the past, this film really stood out in making those horrors real to me. I have never been able to understand how anyone can have so much hate for anyone. If this film opens just one child's eyes to the horrors or racism, so that those atrocities are never to be repeated, it is a great film. Mr. King made great sacrifices, let us never allow them to be in vain. (9 Stars)


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