KING IN THE WILDERNESS
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s leadership in the civil rights movement built momentum over a decade, from the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955 to the marches from Selma to Montgomery in 1965 that induced Lyndon Johnson's support for and the ultimate passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act. But the next several years were difficult for King and the civil rights movement. An effort to replicate their success in southern cities up north in Chicago encountered unexpected resistance and racism; younger figures leading the nascent Black Power movement began to harshly criticize King's unshakeable belief in nonviolence; and after King publicly affirmed his opposition to the war in Vietnam, he lost support among many establishment figures in the mainstream media, business community and union leaders, not to mention great friction in his always-fraught relationship with President Johnson. The film combines striking archival footage with contemporary interviews conducted with members of the civil rights movement recalling this contentious era, including leading SCLC figures Andrew Young, Marian Wright Edelman, C.T. Vivian, Bernard Lafayette and Xernona Clayton, plus Jesse Jackson, Harry Belafonte and Joan Baez. DIR Peter W. Kunhardt; SCR Chris Chuang; PROD George Kunhardt, Teddy Kunhardt. U.S., 2018, color/b&w, 111 min. NOT RATED
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