KCETLink Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King's Historic Speech on Washington with Riveting Documentaries and Web Content | KCET
KCETLink Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King's Historic Speech on Washington with Riveting Documentaries and Web Content
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.