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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Series cast summary:
Paul Winfield ...  Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. 3 episodes, 1978
Cicely Tyson ...  Coretta Scott King 3 episodes, 1978
Tony Bennett ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1978
Roscoe Lee Browne ...  Philip Harrison 3 episodes, 1978
Lonny Chapman ...  Chief Frank Holloman 3 episodes, 1978
Ossie Davis ...  Rev. Martin Luther King Sr. 3 episodes, 1978
Cliff De Young ...  Robert F. Kennedy 3 episodes, 1978
Al Freeman Jr. ...  Damon Lockwood 3 episodes, 1978
Clu Gulager ...  William Sullivan 3 episodes, 1978
Steven Hill ...  Stanley Levison 3 episodes, 1978
William Jordan William Jordan ...  John F. Kennedy 3 episodes, 1978
Warren J. Kemmerling ...  Lyndon Johnson 3 episodes, 1978
Lincoln Kilpatrick ...  Jerry Waring 3 episodes, 1978
Kenneth McMillan ...  Bull Connor 3 episodes, 1978
Howard E. Rollins Jr. ...  Andrew Young 3 episodes, 1978
David Spielberg ...  David Beamer 3 episodes, 1978
Dolph Sweet ...  J. Edgar Hoover 3 episodes, 1978
Dick Anthony Williams ...  Malcolm X 3 episodes, 1978
Art Evans ...  A.D. King 3 episodes, 1978
Roger Robinson ...  Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth 3 episodes, 1978
Terry Alexander ...  Bernard Lee 3 episodes, 1978
Robert Christian Robert Christian ...  Wallace 3 episodes, 1978
Sheila Frazier ...  June 3 episodes, 1978
Dallas Edward Hayes Dallas Edward Hayes ...  McKeecham 3 episodes, 1978
Roy Jenson ...  Sheriff Corruthers 3 episodes, 1978
Eric Olson Eric Olson ...  Robert Kennedy's son 3 episodes, 1978
Gene Woodbury Gene Woodbury ...  Claude 3 episodes, 1978
Alveda King ...  Babysitter 3 episodes, 1978
Matt Bennett ...  Reporter 3 episodes, 1978
Julian Bond Julian Bond ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1978
Ed Call Ed Call ...  Withers 3 episodes, 1978
Ladonna Carter Ladonna Carter ...  Bonnie King 3 episodes, 1978
Ramsey Clark Ramsey Clark ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1978
Hope Clarke Hope Clarke ...  Mary 3 episodes, 1978
Gary Combs ...  Young White Man 3 episodes, 1978
Christine King Christine King ...  Ferris Church Soloist 3 episodes, 1978
Jesse D. Goins ...  Harold O'Connor 3 episodes, 1978
Leon Hall ...  SNCC Militant 3 episodes, 1978
Linda Hopkins ...  Ellie 3 episodes, 1978
Bernice King Bernice King ...  Student 3 episodes, 1978
Dexter King Dexter King ...  Student #2 3 episodes, 1978
Martin Luther King III ...  Rev. Briggs 3 episodes, 1978
Nick LaTour ...  Man #1 3 episodes, 1978
Royce Wallace Royce Wallace ...  Mrs. Parker 3 episodes, 1978
Frances E. Williams Frances E. Williams ...  Mrs. Cumby 3 episodes, 1978
Wycliffe Young Wycliffe Young ...  McDonald 3 episodes, 1978
Don Chambers Don Chambers ...  Policeman 3 episodes, 1978
Jeri Gray Jeri Gray ...  Screaming Mourner in Funeral 3 episodes, 1978
Carl Irwin ...  Alabama State Trooper 3 episodes, 1978
John Lafayette 3 episodes, 1978
Saundra McClain ...  Barbara 3 episodes, 1978


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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Biography | Drama







Release Date:

12 February 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Martin Luther King See more »

Filming Locations:

Memphis, Tennessee, USA

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Production Co:

Filmways Television See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dexter King the son of Martin Luther King Jr. was playing the Student. See more »


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

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An impressive, informative and moving film.
18 January 2004 | by buchserSee 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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