Burbank, Calif. - Aug.12, 2013 - KCETLink will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic "I Have a Dream" speech with three extraordinary films that explore the legacy of Dr. King and the civil rights movement, complemented by exclusive web content that offers insight into his impact on equality today.
Building the Dream, a touching and revealing documentary, offers unique insight into the challenges faced -- and overcome -- in the 27-year effort to create a national memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr. Interviews with Bill Clinton, Colin Powell, Andrew Young, John Lewis, John Warner, Connie Morella, John Sarbanes, King family members, and more, tell the story of the Memorial from conception to completion. Airs Monday, Aug. 26 at 4 p.m. PDT, 7 p.m. EST on Link TV and 8 p.m. PDT on KCET.
In contrast, A Ripple of Hope tells the dramatic story of the night Dr. King was assassinated in 1968, as Robert F. Kennedy was scheduled to appear in an African-American neighborhood as part of his run for the Democratic presidential nomination. Upon hearing the tragic news, Kennedy was forced to make a crucial decision: Should he venture into the heart of Indianapolis to talk to the potentially volatile crowd? What could he say that would assuage their grief? Should he defy the city officials who ordered him to stay away? Would his life be in danger? By keeping his promise to speak to the crowd, viewers learn that Kennedy was able to help the city avert the violence that swept the rest of the country and make a profound statement about American race relations. Airs Aug. 26 at 9 p.m. on KCET.
Finally, Link TV's original production, Speaking Out for Justice with Harry Belafonte will be offered as part of the Link TV line-up around the historic event. In this riveting speech, entertainer and social activist Belafonte speaks about the growing crisis of youth incarceration in the U.S. and recalls conversations with Dr. King during the civil rights movement about the struggle for equality. Airs Aug 26 at 5 p.m. PDT and 8 p.m. EST with encore airings on Aug 28 at 10 a.m. PDT and 1 p.m. EST, and Aug. 29 at 10:30 PDT and 1:30 a.m. EST on Link TV.
Audiences can also access additional MLK-related content and discussions online, including a free stream of Speaking Out for Justice with Harry Belafonte. KCETLink will also feature several articles to commemorate the anniversary its website, kcet.org, detailing the impact Dr. King's speech has had on equality and race relations today.
KCETLink is the new national independent public transmedia organization formed by the merger between KCET and Link Media. A viewer-supported 501c(3) organization, its content is distributed nationally via satellite on DirecTV and DISH Networks, in Southern and Central California via broadcast, as well as through various digital delivery systems. KCET and Link TV are services of KCETLink. For additional information about KCETLink productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and events, please visit kcet.org or linktv.org.