MLK 50: Honoring Dr. King’s Legacy
May 2017 – April 2018


WKNO-TV presents year-long programming under the banner of MLK 50: Honoring Dr. King’s Legacy to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination. Every month WKNO-TV will broadcast a different documentary that symbolizes Dr. King’s message. We will also present local series episodes of A Conversation With… WKNO-TV’s monthly series of interviews with local and regional individuals that highlight discussions about Memphis’ past, present and future including the impact that Dr. King has made. And we will also feature Civil Rights Moments with Morgan Freeman, 60-second spots that were created in 1993 to celebrate the opening of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. Narrated by Morgan Freeman, each segment spotlights a key issue in the battle for civil rights. Each month we will highlight programming included with MLK 50 Honoring Dr. King’s Legacy.



is sponsored by

Memphis Pink Palace Family of Museums

and

Memphis Light, Gas and Water




A Conversation With Daniel Kiel

Dr. Daniel Kiel is a professor at The University of Memphis' Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Pierre Kimsey sits down with Dr. Kiel to talk about his latest project, The Memphis 13, a look at the desegregation of Memphis City Schools fifty years ago, featuring interviews with all 13 pioneering families and other key individuals.

WKNO
Fri, 9/15 at 7:30 PM
Sat, 9/16 at 12:30 AM

WKNO2
Tue, 9/19 at 11:00 AM





The Memphis 13

First grade can be a scary thing, even without the burden of making history. In October 1961, 13 first graders became some of the smallest pioneers of the Civil Rights Movement when they desegregated the Memphis City Schools. 'The Memphis 13' is their story. This documentary collects the stories of 13 families united by a comment moment in history, but experiences individually; stories of normal children living through an extraordinary moment. A half century later, they are proud of having broken a barrier, but many remain burdened by this difficult experience. The film uncovers a hidden story of the Movement, honors the children who lived it, and raises questions about the role of children in movements for social change.

For more information about the film go to: http://thememphis13.com/

WKNO
Fri, 9/15 at 8:00 PM
Sat, 9/16 at 1:00 AM
Sun, 9/17 at 12:00 PM

WKNO2
Fri, 9/15 at 8:00 PM
Sat, 9/16 at 3:30 PM
Wed, 9/29 at 11:00 AM





The Road to Little Rock

The Road to Little Rock” tells the courageous story of one visionary judge and nine determined teenagers who demonstrated enduring positive human qualities of courage, honor, determination, and responsibility. This story begins in 1957 as nine African-American teenagers sought enrollment at an all-white high school in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 1957 many school districts continued to ignore the 1954 Supreme Court ruling of Brown v Board of Education which declared that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional.
The story features a number of never seen before interviews with three members of the Little Rock Nine and Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. It blends interviews with archival footage and primary source documentation to tell the story of the events which led to the integration of Central High School.

You will witness the courage and determination demonstrated by the “Little Rock Nine” who sought to attend the high school of their choice. You will be introduced to Federal Judge Ronald Davies, from Fargo, North Dakota, who followed the law, ignored political pressure and required the school district in Little Rock to integrate “forthwith”. The ruling by Judge Davies provided great urgency for the desegregation of public schools. The actions of these individuals would change the course of public school education in the United States.

For more information about the film go to: https://www.theroadtolittlerock.com/

WKNO
Fri, 9/15 at 8:30 PM
Sat, 9/16 at 1:30 AM

WKNO2
Fri, 9/15 at 8:30 PM




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