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


Memphis Light, Gas and Water

Anne Braden: Southern Patriot

Anne Braden: Southern Patriot is a documentary exploration of the life and legacy of this American civil rights leader. After she was charged with sedition for attempting to desegregate a Louisville, Kentucky neighborhood in 1954, Braden used the attack to turn herself “inside out” and embarked upon a lifetime of racial justice organizing matched by few whites in American history. Braden was hailed by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail” as a white southerner whose rejection of her segregationist upbringing was “eloquent and prophetic,” and named as one of only five white southerners he could count as allies. Labeled a “traitor to her race” and ostracized as a “red” by segregationists and even many in the civil rights movement, she fought for an inclusive movement community and demonstrated that protecting civil liberties was essential to gaining civil rights. After decades of being shunned by even the most progressive organizations, in 1989 Anne Braden was awarded the first Roger Baldwin Medal of Liberty from the American Civil Liberties Union as a “lifelong leader of the movements for racial justice, labor rights, and peace in the South.”

In a time of war, terrorism, economic uncertainty, religious controversies and a very polarizing atmosphere, unresolved issues around race and racial justice, civil rights and civil liberties, class and gender equity inform our national debates. Braden engages audiences with a unique southern voice for a much needed discourse on the continuum of struggle for civil rights and civil liberties from the founding of our democracy to the present, and the responsibilities of whites to join the fight against racism and white privilege. Through this exploration of Anne Braden’s story we see not only the dangers of racism and political repression but also the power of a woman’s life spent in commitment to social justice.

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Mon, 2/5 at 8:00 PM
Tue, 2/6 at 2:00 AM

Tue, 2/6 at 8:00 PM
Sun, 2/11 at 8:00 PM

I Am A Man: From Memphis, A Lesson In Life

I AM A MAN seeks to heighten awareness of the contributions made by citizens of our city whose courage and determination boldly changed history, and whose character sits at the heart of the place we call home. It is made in Memphis by an all-Memphis team. The idea came from an April 2008 commemoration held for the sanitation workers by the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau at Memphis City Hall. What started as a simple effort to document the day through short oral-history interviews soon became a full-fledged project to shine light on an infrequently discussed aspect of the Civil Rights Movement – and the qualities of those who shaped it —through a documentary short.

In 1968, Elmore Nickleberry stood among 1,300 other African-American men in Memphis who collectively asserted their right to be treated with dignity.
Mr. Nickleberry hasn’t sat down yet. Each weeknight, he guides his garbage truck through the streets of downtown Memphis — a living link to a frequently forgotten chapter in American history, and one long eclipsed by the slaying of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Filmed on location in Memphis in late 2008, “I Am a Man: From Memphis, a Lesson in Life” offers a modern-day look at the legacy of Mr. Nickleberry and others like him. Their inspiring story is tied to character traits and principles just as valuable today as they were more than 40 years ago — a time in Memphis when everyday working men stood together to say: “Enough.”

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Fri, 2/9 at 7:30 PM
Sat, 2/10 at 12:30 AM
Sun, 2/11 at 12:00 PM

Sat, 2/10 at 3:30 PM
Wed, 2/14 at 11:00 AM

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