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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.

 

ABOUT KCETLink 

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.