Thursday, April 05, 2007

MLK, 1/15/29 – 4/4/68

Via A Tiny Revolution, this story on CommonDreams: The Martin Luther King You Don’t See on TV.

It’s become a TV ritual: Every year on April 4, as Americans commemorate Martin Luther King’s death, we get perfunctory network news reports about “the slain civil rights leader.”

The remarkable thing about these reviews of King’s life is that several years – his last years – are totally missing, as if flushed down a memory hole.

What TV viewers see is a closed loop of familiar file footage: King battling desegregation in Birmingham (1963); reciting his dream of racial harmony at the rally in Washington (1963); marching for voting rights in Selma, Alabama (1965); and finally, lying dead on the motel balcony in Memphis (1968).

An alert viewer might notice that the chronology jumps from 1965 to 1968. Yet King didn’t take a sabbatical near the end of his life. In fact, he was speaking and organizing as diligently as ever.

Almost all of those speeches were filmed or taped. But they’re not shown today on TV.



At 9:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cuz he was a pinko-commie, of course!

He was killed organizing a garbage workers strike....Not the same impact as his older campaigns.


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