Top movies to Honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our Friend, Martin

Our Friend, Martin is a 1999 direct-to-video animated children’s educational film about Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. It was produced by DiC Entertainment and distributed by CBS/Fox Video. Two friends travel through time, meeting Dr. King at several points during his life. It featured an all-star voice cast and was nominated for an Emmy award in 1999 for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming More Than One Hour). It was also the final release under the CBS/Fox Video name.

Selma, Lord, Selma

Selma, Lord, Selma is a 1999 American film based on true events that happened in March 1965, known as Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama. The film tells the story through the eyes of an 11-year-old African-American girl named Sheyann Webb (Jurnee Smollett). Sheyann Webb sees Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. going into Brown Chapel AME Church one day while playing outside with her friends. They are told that Dr. King has come to Selma, Alabama to help the Negro people get voting rights. Sheyann learns many things from Dr. King.

The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306

The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306 is a 2008 documentary short film created to honor the 40th annual remembrance of the life and death of Martin Luther King Jr. The film received a 2008 Academy Award Nomination in the “Documentary Short Subject” Category at the 81st Academy Awards.

King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis

King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery To Memphis is a 1970 American documentary film biography of Martin Luther King Jr. and his creation and leadership of the nonviolent campaign for civil rights and social and economic justice in the Civil Rights Movement. It uses only original newsreel and other primary material, unvarnished and unretouched, and covers the period from the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955 and 1956 through his assassination in 1968.

I Am Curious (Yellow)

I Am Curious (Yellow), Jag är nyfiken, en film i gult, meaning “I Am Curious: A Film in Yellow”) is a 1967 Swedish drama film written and directed by Vilgot Sjöman, starring Sjöman and Lena Nyman. It is a companion film to 1968’s I Am Curious (Blue); the two were initially intended to be one ​3 1⁄2 hour film. She also dreams of being taunted by passing drivers as she cycles down a road, until finally Martin Luther King Jr. drives up. She apologizes to him for not being strong enough to practice nonviolence.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Historical Perspective (1994)

He was the conscience of the struggle for civil rights–and one of its many heroic martyrs. this documentary offers a one-of-a-kind examination of Dr. King’s extraordinary life. Using rare and largely unseen film footage and photographs, this film (endorsed by the King Foundation) explores how Dr. King’s ideas, beliefs and methods evolved in the face of the rapidly changing climate of the Civil Rights Movement. This documentary brings out the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his importance to the conquest of rights for the Black People in the US in the 50s and 60s.

King man of peace in a time of war

King: Man of Peace in a Time of War documents the work Martin Luther King did in attempting to bring peace to people during the turmoil of the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement. The film includes interviews with contemporaries such as Jesse Jackson, and military experts like Colin Powell.

In Remembrance of Martin (1986)

Personal comments from family, friends, and advisors fill this remarkable documentary honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Coretta Scott King joins the Reverend Ralph Abernathy, Julian Bond, Jimmy Carter, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Senator Edward Kennedy, John Lewis, Bishop Desmond Tutu, and Andrew Young, who recall Dr. King’s career and trace his leadership in the civil rights movement. Includes portions of his “I Have a Dream” speech.

The Boy King (1986)

This drama focuses on young Martin Luther King Jr.’s early encounters with prejudice and how the love and courage of his family moved him to speak out against segregation and become a leader in the civil rights movement.  “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed aloud in his adulthood about the day little white boys and black boys could stand together as friends on the Georgia red clay. That dream was shaped by his own childhood in Atlanta, a 1930’s childhood in which prejudice took precedence.

Martin Luther King, Jr: I Have a Dream 1986

Relive one of the seminal moments in the history of the Civil Rights movement with these fascinating excerpted clips from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s landmark speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963. In addition to King’s most famous address, this compilation also includes the last speech he delivered before his tragic assassination, as well as footage of the beautiful eulogy delivered by friend Bobby Kennedy. This video pairs the entire speech, delivered on August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, with brief footage of other struggles and protests in the civil rights crusade throughout the 1960s.

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