Tuesday, February 9, 2010

[video] NBC News Presents Black History Month - Martin Luther King Jr.: Look Here

"To celebrate Black History Month, NBC News has compiled this thought-provoking series of programs honoring the contributions of prominent African American leaders and looking at contemporary issues. Relive the inspirational messages of Civil Rights leaders through rare archival footage including one of the first in-depth televised interviews with Martin Luther King Jr. Reflect on the current state of race relations in the United States through a compelling town hall discussion in “Obama’s America: 2010 and Beyond” featuring MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and radio host Tom Joyner. Witness the emotional journey of three young teens coming to terms with their absentee fathers in “A Father’s Promise,” moderated by NBC’s Al Roker and Tiki Barber. And laugh along with comedian Chris Rock and actress Nia Long in a lively conversation about the cultural significance of hair." -- iTunes Store

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Episode Summary
One of the first in-depth televised interviews Martin Luther King Jr. ever gave. Not seen for decades, it was first broadcast on October 27, 1957, on the NBC News program Look Here, hosted by Martin Agronsky. Then just 27, King had reached national prominence the year before during the Montgomery bus boycott. He offers Agronsky invaluable insights into his goals, his philosophy, and his unshakable dedication to equality and civil rights. In the decade that followed, King would become a controversial national leader, an icon, and finally a martyr. He is remembered today as one of the most revered figures in American history.

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