The American Experience: Season 16, Episode 4

Citizen King (19 Jan. 2004)

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A documentary that draws on input from a broad cross-section of people to examine to last five years of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life.


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A documentary that draws on input from a broad cross-section of people to examine to last five years of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life.

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Citizen King is essential viewing for anyone studying Dr. Martin Luther King
21 January 2008 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

With today another celebration of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, I finally decided to watch the documentary made about his last five years that aired on "American Experience" that I taped four years ago. Following his Birmingham stint to his march in Washington, D.C. to his trips to the Johnson White House to his Nobel Peace Prize to his demonstrations in Chicago to protest poverty there to his opposition to the Vietnam War and his fallout with the President and finally to Memphis in support of the garbage strike there and his eventual assassination, we get compelling present-day testimony from many of his friends and colleagues like Andrew Young. Many news footage and home movies of Dr. King also abound to show how he presented himself publicly. While much of the current interviews still hold the reverend in high esteem, there's also some that mention his adultery and his occasional employment of Communists not to mention his not-so-cordial encounters with FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover. With all that I just mentioned, I'll just say that I highly recommend Citizen King.

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