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)
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 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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12 February 1978 (USA)  »

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Martin Luther King  »

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The character of Jerry Waring is based on C.T. Vivian. The reason for the name change is unknown. See more »

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Featured in The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1978) See more »

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Winfield was magnificent
19 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

Paul Winfield effectively showed the charisma of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a speaker and leader. He also showed as a human side to Dr. King, a man who could be scared and even cry privately, a man who could laugh and have fun with his family and friends, and yet a man who didn't understand why people wanted him to lead the movement. He didn't feel confident about his own abilities, yet he made the most of what he had and, based on what I saw here, few if any could have done better. Winfield looked too old for the younger King, and he didn't deliver the 'I have a dream' speech exactly as King did (though imitating might not have been as effective), but these are minor flaws.

And there were too many good acting performances to list. Cicely Tyson as Coretta, Ossie Davis as an angry King Sr., Dick Anthony Williams as an evil Malcolm X--just a few that I remember; there may have been others but I didn't recall the name of the characters. The only performance I was not happy with was Cliff De Young as Robert Kennedy, who came across as a whiny teenager.

This was a good presentation of the Civil Rights Movement--a little violent at times, but the violence was necessary. We saw the determination of the leaders and of ordinary people, even children. The 6-letter word starting with N was of course used a lot and no one censored it. A couple of times King's last name was changed, by opponents, to that of the small mammal with the black mask.

I was always intimidated by the length of this program, but one station in my area showed it a whole week before the King holiday, while the other waited until this past weekend. It definitely was worth seeing.


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