The Way Forward: MLK’s Prophetic Vision - 5DVDs, 6CDs (Gold Version)
The Way Forward: MLK’s Prophetic Vision -  5DVDs, 6CDs (Gold Version)
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Product Code: PCD120-MLK18

Five DVDs & Six CDs


1. King: A Filmed Record: Montgomery to Memphis
A history which is as relevant now as when it was originally conceived. It is
also art. It is a biography of the civil rights movement, as well as a portrait
of MLK and a record of what he achieved. In this epic documentary nothing is
contrived or reenacted; the authenticity and power of the visual images have the
immediacy of the events recorded by the newsreel
and television cameras on the scene. It documents the life and work of MLK and
his campaign for racial equality and social justice. It uses only original
newsreel and genuine footage from the time of the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955
until MLK’s assassination in 1968. The events are allowed to speak for
themselves. The soundtrack bursts with vitality — the roar of police
motorcycles, bombs, burning crosses, ambulances, gospel, shouts, the massed
crowds before ...the speeches of the man himself.

2. The Other America
Arguably the most comprehensive speech of MLKs philosophy and political outlook
delivered in the final year of his life. It is a speech about the
intersectionality of race and class in the United States as the modifiers of all
relations in this country. Delivered at Stanford University in April 1967 MLK
speaks not of a “dream” but of the nightmarish economic system that must be
“overcome”. MLK trumpets the conditions of the 'work-starved men searching
for jobs that do not exist' and living on a ‘lonely island of poverty
surrounded by an ocean of material prosperity,' the disparities in wealth
distribution and the racism/discrimination that are the DNA which defines
America. Sadly, to say, but this profound, prophetic speech still defines
America today, but embedded in its very critique is the way forward.

3. At the River I Stand
Memphis, Spring 1968 marks the climax of the civil rights era and its evolution
on the road to self-determination to “black power”. At the River I Stand
skillfully reconstructs the two eventful months that transformed a strike by
Memphis sanitation workers into a national conflagration, and disentangles the
complex historical forces that came together. It further explores the social
conflicts and contradictions of what was to be the final campaign of MLK and
then the significance of one of this nation’s most scattering events: the
assassination of MLK in Memphis, as he was poised to venture even deeper into a
critique of capitalism leading the Poor Peoples Campaign to Washington. This
documentary brings into sharp relief issues that have only become more urgent in
the intervening years: the connection between economic and civil
rights, debates over strategies for change, the demand for full inclusion of
African Americans in all aspects of American life and the fight for dignity for
public employees and all working people - indeed the fight for power to the

4. Citizen King
Citizen King explores the last five years in King's life by drawing on the
personal recollections and eyewitness accounts of friends, movement associates,
journalists, even law enforcement officers, and historians, to illuminate this
little-known chapter in the story of America's most important and influential
moral leader. As he began to speak out against the war in Vietnam and refashion
himself as the leader of a crusade on behalf of the poor and dispossessed in
America, MLK was accused of abandoning his mission. But for MLK, the change
heralded a return to his roots as a preacher and provided a welcome relief from
the public persona he had reluctantly taken on years before. He traveled to big
cities and small towns not to speak to poor people, but to listen to the
testimony of their lives, promising them that through him a nation would hear
their voices.

5. I Am a Man: The Memphis Sanitation Strike
This rare film was produced by the public workers’ union AFSCME and features a
blow-by-blow account with the actual participants, the workers finding their
voices, as they fight to unionize and for recognition of their humanity and the
benefits of their labor. It offers an account strategically and tactically of
the workers drawing together in solidarity, reaching out to and drawing into
their ambit community members, faith-based groups and organized labor to win one
of the seminal and magnificent battles for the rights of the Black working class
in the history of this country.

Six CD Set of Speeches & Sermons

One of the most comprehensive and influential set of MLK’s most defining
speeches: MLK addressing unions, Local 1199 and District 65 UAW; his, All Labor
has Dignity; his haunting last sermon I’ve Been to the Mountaintop Top,
delivered to Memphis Sanitation their 1968 strike; and Where to we Go From Here,
delivered at the SCLC Conference in 1967; and his The Drum Major Instinct,
delivered in February 1968; MLK’s speech in NYC to commemorate the 100th
anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation (recently
discovered); The Three Evils speech given at the first and only National
Conference for New Politics, which emphasizes American's three deadliest sins,
war, racism and poverty; MLK at UCLA April 1965 speech which traces African
American history and protest ending with Selma and the imperative for Congress
to pass the Voting Rights Act.

Plus commemorative speeches on the life and contributions of MLK by Michael Eric
Dyson, Cornel West, Angela Davis Opel Tometi, co-founder Black Lives Matter and
an extraordinary poetic tribute by Sonia Sanchez.

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