This film tells the story of an assassin, James Earl Ray, his target, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the seething, turbulent forces in American society that led these two men to their ...
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This film tells the story of an assassin, James Earl Ray, his target, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the seething, turbulent forces in American society that led these two men to their violent and tragic collision in Memphis in April 1968. Written by
This edition of "The American Experience" concerns the last weeks of the life of Martin Luther King and focuses in on his murderer, James Earl Ray. Ray's life and progression from an ordinary jerk in the prison system to a murderer is shown as well as the steps taken to locate him and bring him to justice.
Oddly, despite Martin Luther King being such a famous man and his accomplishments celebrated in American schools, his death is something talked about far less. While I knew quite a bit about King, I realized in watching this film just how ignorant I was of these facts about his killing--and I am a retired history teacher! The exceptionally well-crafted film is full of great details, interviews and information that really helped put this all into context. While very, very sad, the film is something everyone should see--a great documentary in every way.
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