Smithsonian Channel: MLK: The Assassination Tapes
GENRE(S): Television, Special Interest, Smithsonian Channel, Documentary, History/Events, United States, 60s, Black Heritage
DIRECTOR: Tom Jennings
April 4, 1968. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is gunned down on the balcony of a hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. It was all caught on film, tape and audio. So why have we seen so little of it? The well-known photograph of Dr. King's aides pointing toward the direction of the gunfire is iconic, but tells only part of the story. For the first time, a remarkable collection of recently rediscovered footage has been chronologically reassembled. The resulting documentary allows us to revisit the tumultuous events surrounding one of the most shocking assassinations in America and relive history through the voices of the era.
A Peabody Award Winning Program.