How did Martin Luther King, Jr. get his name?
According to Wikipedia, King’s given name at birth was Michael King, and his father was also born Michael King, but, after a period of gradual transition on the elder King’s part, he changed both his and his son’s names in 1934.
Sr. was inspired during a trip to Germany for that year’s meeting of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA). While visiting sites associated with the Protestant Reformation leader, Martin Luther, attendees witnessed the rise of Nazism.
Martin Luther Documentary on Netflix
This docudrama tells the dramatic story of the monk who took on the Catholic Church, tracing his life before and after the contentious “95 Theses.”
MLK Documentaries on Netflix
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This documentary program focuses on the Civil Rights leader’s many groundbreaking accomplishments. The footage covers Dr. King’s war on poverty and his staunch opposition to the Vietnam War. Also included is his stirring “I Have a Dream” speech. (Watch)
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This Emmy-winning documentary from the PBS “American Experience” series uses newsreel footage and narratives from famous and everyday people to take viewers inside the struggle for civil rights during the crucial years of 1954 through ’65.
Among the critical events discussed are the Montgomery bus boycott, the integration of schools in Little Rock, the murder of activists in Mississippi, and Martin Luther King’s groundbreaking marches to freedom. (Watch)
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Family members, friends, former classmates, and advisors of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. relate their memories of the civil rights activist in this moving documentary.
Coretta Scott King, Rev. Ralph Abernathy, and many others share their personal comments about pivotal events in King’s life, paired with historic footage of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, his Lincoln Memorial “I Have a Dream” speech, his acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize and more.
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- Bayard Rustin, Dorothy Jackson, John Rodgers (Actors)
This powerful documentary chronicles the life of openly gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, who, among many contributions to the cause, is best known for organizing the 1963 March on Washington, D.C., involving hundreds of thousands of people. (Watch)
This film, which includes archival footage and interviews with convicted killer James Earl Ray, Martin Luther King III and former police officers, looks back at Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in 1968 and lingering conspiracy theories. (Watch)
Relive one of the seminal moments in the history of the Civil Rights movement with these fascinating excerpted clips from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s landmark speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963.
In addition to King’s most famous address, this compilation also includes the last speech he delivered before his tragic assassination, as well as footage of the beautiful eulogy delivered by his friend Bobby Kennedy. (Watch)
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