Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech is habitually highlighted as the culmination of his career. Citizen King skews this narrative by focusing on the final five years of King’s life, from the March on Washington to his assassination in Memphis on April 4, 1968, at the age of 39. Director Orlando Bagwell and writer Noland Walker present a King who is less iconic than protean, an activist who at the time was extending the civil rights struggle beyond the U.S. south, deepening his analysis of social injustice to consider intersections of race and class, and voicing increasingly open opposition to the Vietnam War. This screening of the documentary, made in 2004 to mark what would have been King’s 75th birthday, commemorates the 50th anniversary of his tragic death.
Free and open to the public. Presented by American Studies.
Tuesday, April 3 at 6:30pm
Performing Arts Building, 320
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199