It’s Oscar season. We’ve neglected it here at rabble. Democracy Now on the other hand haven’t.
They’ve unearthed unseen footage from Ely Landau’s Academy Award nominatd King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis. The 3-hour documentary is a melange of newsreel footage of events during the Civil Righs Movement. It premiered as a special “one-time-only event” on March 24, 1970 in over 600 theaters throughout the United States. A shorter version of the film air on tv stations globally, but rarely has all of it been public.
We air excerpts of a rarely seen Oscar-nominated documentary about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the rise of the civil rights movement. Produced by Ely Landau, “King: A Filmed Record…Montgomery to Memphis” is made from original newsreel footage and other original video footage shot of marches, rallies and church services. “King” was originally screened for one night only in 1970 in more than 600 theaters across the United States, but has rarely been seen since. We air extensive footage of the film, featuring a historic look at the eight-year period that led up to the 1963 March on Washington, D.C.
This month also marks the 50 anniversary of the lesser known Bristol Bus Boycott.
Check out this video report from the BBC.