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


On April 3, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King spoke to the crowd at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee, giving one of the most powerful and memorable speeches of his life. In it, he addressed the growing threats against his life, proclaiming "It doesn't matter with me now. Because I've been to the mountaintop. And I don't mind."

The following day, escaped convict James Earl Ray shot and killed King while he lingered on a motel balcony. Roads to Memphis is the fateful narrative of this killer and his prey, set against the seething, turbulent forces in American society. The assassination shocked the country, setting off deadly riots from coast to coast and triggering the largest, costliest, and most ambitious manhunt in American history.

Roads to Memphis is told through eyewitness testimony from King's inner circle and the officials involved in Ray’s capture and prosecution following an intense two-month international manhunt.

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Tue, 4/3 at 7:00 PM
Wed, 4/4 at 12:00 AM
Thu, 4/5 at 3:00 AM

Wed, 4/4 at 7:00 PM
Fri, 4/6 at 1:00 AM
Fri, 4/6 at 9:00 AM


In the four-hour series, BLACK AMERICA SINCE MLK: AND STILL I RISE, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. embarks on a deeply personal journey through the last fifty years of African American history. Joined by leading scholars, celebrities, and a dynamic cast of people who shaped these years, Gates travels from the victories of the civil rights movement up to today, asking profound questions about the state of black America—and our nation as a whole.

Every aspect of the series—its visual approach, music, narrative scope, and Gates’ intimate tone—is crafted to feel vibrant and relevant, to raise questions that are provocative and thoughtful. How far have we come toward racial equality since the civil rights era? What does it mean to be black today? How can we have a black President while events like Ferguson continue to occur? All Americans, whatever their race, and whenever they were born, want to make sense of the last fifty years of our history. This series drives straight to the heart of those questions with uncompromising honesty, rejecting the conventional narrative of our times to make this history tangible, immediate, and compelling.

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Tue, 4/3 at 8:00 PM
Wed, 4/4 at 1:00 AM

Wed, 4/4 at 8:00 PM
Thu, 4/5 at 11:00 PM
Fri, 4/6 at 7:00 AM


Wed, 4/4 at 8:00 PM
Thu, 4/5 at 1:00 AM

Thu, 4/5 at 8:00 PM
Fri, 4/6 at 11:00 PM
Sat, 4/7 at 7:00 AM


The author of Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin is Memphis-born journalist Hampton Sides. In this half-hour conversation, Sides talks about Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy for Memphians and all Americans, the surprising facts he learned while researching his 2010 critically-acclaimed book, and the process of working with PBS's American Experience during the production of Roads to Memphis, which was based in part on his book.

Fri, 4/6 at 7:30 PM
Sat, 4/7 at 12:30 AM
Sun, 4/8 at 12:00 PM

Sat, 4/7 at 3:30 PM
Wed, 4/11 at 11:00 AM


Businessman and Radio station owner, Art Gilliam talks about his career and the many firsts attributed to him and his accomplishments in broadcasting. In 1977 he launched Gilliam Communications, Inc. and bought the WLOK radio station. In doing so, WLOK became the first African American-owned Memphis radio station and the city's first locally owned station. Gilliam’s WLOK has earned the title of #1 Gospel Station in the nation by Religion & Media Quarterly for several consecutive years; and, in 1997, was recognized by the Tennessee Historical Commission as a Tennessee Historical Landmark.

Fri, 4/13 at 7:30 PM
Sat, 4/14 at 12:30 AM
Sun, 4/15 at 12:00 PM

Sat, 4/14 at 3:30 PM
Wed, 4/18 at 11:00 AM

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