MLK: The Assassination Tapes
1 x 60'
On 4th April, 1968, Martin Luther King was gunned down on the balcony of a hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. His death sparked a series of bloody riots across the country and nearly dealt a lethal blow the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement. And it was call caught on film, tape and audio. This film brings together media resources from March and early April 1968 to paint a vivid portrait of what it was like to experience those days first hand.
What exists is more than 30 hours of television broadcasts along with more than 50 hours of radio broadcasts. Much of this collection has not been seen since it was first gathered in 1968.
There is no narrator, and there are no interviews. The film unfolds as if the viewer is watching television and flipping channels. It’s chillingly real, and profoundly inspiring.