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

Independent Lens: I Am Not Your Negro

I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words, as read by actor Samuel L. Jackson. Alongside a flood of rich archival material, the film draws upon Baldwin’s notes on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. to explore and bring a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America.

Raoul Peck's Oscar-nominated documentary is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.

Mon, 1/15 at 8:00 PM
Tue, 1/16 at 1:00 AM
Wed, 1/17 at 3:00 AM
Sun, 1/21 at 2:00 AM

Tue, 1/16 at 8:00 PM
Thu, 1/18 at 12:30 AM
Thu, 1/18 at 8:30 AM
Sun, 1/21 at 9:00 PM

American Masters: Lorraine Hansberry

On March 11, 1959, Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun opened on Broadway and changed the face of American theater forever. Depicting the limitations of the American dream through the lives of a black family on Chicago’s South Side, the play’s richly drawn characters and unprecedented subject matter attracted record crowds and earned it the coveted top prize from the New York Drama Critics’ Circle. But while the play is universally seen as a groundbreaking work of art, the fascinating story of Hansberry’s life is far less well known.

In the new feature-length documentary, Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, award-winning filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain examines Hansberry’s life and work using a remarkable collection of archival footage, home movies, rare photos and unpublished documents. Granted access to materials from the Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust, and including interviews with her family, friends and colleagues, Strain explores the full scope of the author’s history for the very first time. Narrated by award-winning actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson, and featuring the voice of Tony Award-winning actress Anika Noni Rose as Hansberry, Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart is filled with insightful on-camera interviews with those who knew her best, and rare archival material, creating a nuanced portrait of an activist and artist whose words and ideas are as relevant today as they were when she first wrote them.

Featuring interviews with Hollywood legends such as Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Harry Belafonte, and Louis Gossett Jr., who share their personal memories collaborating with Hansberry, Sighted Eyes|Feeling Heart offers an intimate and powerful look at a woman who was, as Poitier says in the film, “reaching into the essence of who we were, who we are, and where we came from.”

Fri, 1/19 at 8:00 PM
Sat, 1/20 at 1:00 AM
Mon, 1/22 at 2:00 AM

Fri, 1/19 at 8:00 PM
Sat, 1/20 at 11:00 PM

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