King's Last March

Feb 2, 2015

This Sunday, February 8, join us for an American Radioworks special, "King's Last March" at 7 p.m.

Although it was one of the most challenging and controversial chapters of his career, the final year of King's life has not been the focus of significant public attention. This dramatic and illuminating documentary uses a rich mix of archival tape, oral histories and contemporary interviews to paint a vivid picture of what may have been the most difficult year of Dr. King's life.

Martin Luther King Jr. speaks in Memphis with the Rev. Jesse Jackson just prior to giving the last speech of his life on April 3, 1968.
Credit Kenn Ross / AmericanRadioworks.org

This program illuminates the profound personal, psychological and philosophical challenges King faced in his last year. In this time, King tried to gain support for his Poor People’s Campaign, fended off fierce critics inside and outside the civil rights movement, and endured an increasing sense of despair and isolation. King's Last March offers listeners a complex view of a man trying to push his philosophy of non-violence to a conclusion many people found more threatening than the dream he described on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial five years before his death.

Join us this Sunday at 7 p.m. on WRVO.