“He is issuing as much of a call to us today as he was calling to us in 1968. And I hope we will hear that call and finish the next phase of his movement."
- Dr. Marian Wright Edelman
The Screening Guide is a resource to engage audiences in informed and thoughtful discussion with King in the Wilderness. Community organizations, educators, and facilitators will discover helpful tips to organize a screening event, pre- and post-screening discussion questions and engagement strategies. These will include encouraging audiences to reflect upon the accomplishments and challenges Martin Luther King, Jr., faced in the last three years of his life.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s leadership during the Montgomery bus boycotts, the sit-ins, and the historic Selma-to-Montgomery marches is now considered the stuff of legend. But left out of many history books is much of what happened afterward, during the last three years of his life. King in the Wilderness reveals a conflicted leader who, after the Voting Rights Act of 1965 passed, faced an onslaught of criticism from both sides of the political spectrum; the Black Power movement saw his nonviolence as weakness, and President Lyndon B. Johnson saw his anti– Vietnam War speeches as irresponsible. King’s fervent belief in peaceful protest became a testing point for a nation on the brink of chaos. Thanks to revelatory conversations with his inner circle of friends, King in the Wilderness unearths a stirring new perspective into Dr. King’s character, his radical doctrine of nonviolence, and his internal philosophical struggles prior to his assassination in 1968.
This set of six Lessons offer an innovative approach to teaching historical reading skills and media literacy in one unique multi-media platform through the use of documentary film, first-person interviews, and historical photographs.
19 full-length interviews were completed in the production of King in the Wilderness and can be watched in full or in part in the Interview Archive. Each conversation offers an opportunity to learn from first-person accounts from Dr. King's inner circle of friends and confidants.