Today we celebrate the life of an extraordinary human being. A prophet, an angel, a saint who walked amongst us.
I think of this man, watch footage of him, listen to his speeches, read his words, feel his compassion, relish in his exquisite command of the english language and his ability to articulate and express his…our…thoughts and emotions…
And I have an absolute love for him.
I also feel like crying every time I think of him. Crying out of happiness and joy that he lived and in the life-force he was, crying in awe of him, crying because of the courage he showed in the face of constant mortal danger along with those who walked, marched, led and stood up with him, crying for the courage he instilled in million, perhaps billions, of human beings, crying for the barriers he helped breakdown and the fear he must have felt every moment.
He stood up…not only for his freedom, for his families freedoms, but for all peoples freedoms.
To undertake such a huge responsibility, to carry it as well as he did…for generations to follow…for all of us….This is what makes me want to cry.
We all have a tremendous amount to learn from that man, we all as a people owe him a great debt. He was simply one of the bravest men to have ever walked the face.
Im a very spiritual person, my belief is that we all come from a heaven & we will return there when we leave here. We are born into this world, and we will die out of this world…but this is not our home. Heaven, where ever that is…that is our home. That we are all spirits…beings of pure love…and here, as Sting wrote…we are spirit’s in the material world.
I believe we choose to come here, we know we will forget everything when we arrive. We are given a physical vessel to live within, born to humans who came before us who will hopefully guide us based on their experiences to live this temporary life. What we do in our lives will influence those who follow us here in ways we will never know.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. practiced and advocated love in the face of hatred, who fought the temptation to lash out in anger at those who attempted to hurt him and his loved ones. He demonstrated a different way.
He retained a divine spiritual wisdom, a pure connection to his soul…and it is that connection that he spoke to the world from.
When I hear his words, they break through the barrier of my mind and penetrate my spirit. They speak to the part of me that believes we are all brothers and sisters here.
He had the wisdom to see, then teach, that beyond this mortal life, beyond what he saw, what we all see, we are all of the spiritual. He had a divine connection to his spirit that gave him the clarity of mind to see the following:
We are not a people of many races,
We are a race of people,
We are The Human Race.
And we are, have been and always will be brothers and sisters.
I have included three programs below.
The first is the magnificent “I Have A Dream” speech Dr. King gave on August 28, 1963 to 250,000 people during the pivotal and era defining March On Washington. I don’t know how often I have watched this, but it transports me every time. This is the full speech, I implore you to watch and listen.
The second is a 1965 “Meet The Press” episode featuring Dr. King…
The Third program is in 8 parts, it is a 2 hour 30 min documentary that was made 2 years after Dr. King was shot and released for one night only. It features very are footage and is regarded as the definitive documentary on this great man and one of the most important documentaries ever made. Decades past and know one saw this footage, until very recently it was restored and released. It is available for purchase here…
Below is the trailer and all the videos, the Wikipedia article on the documentary and various images.
God bless Dr. King.
“I HAVE A DREAM“: FULL SPEECH
NBC “MEET THE PRESS” 1965:
King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis
King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis Theatrical release poster Produced by Ely Landau Narrated by Harry Belafonte
James Earl Jones
Clarence Williams III
Editing by Lora Hayes
John N. Carter
Distributed by Kino Lorber Release dates March 24, 1970 Running time 185 mins Country United States Language English
King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery To Memphis is a 1970 American documentary film biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his non-violent campaign for civil rights and social justice. It uses only original newsreel and other primary material, unvarnished and unretouched, and covers the period from the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955 through his assassination in 1968. The original newsreel segments are framed by celebrity narrators Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee,Ben Gazzara, Charlton Heston, James Earl Jones, Burt Lancaster, Paul Newman, Anthony Quinn, Clarence Williams III, and Joanne Woodward. The movie was produced by Ely Landau. Richard Kaplan was the associate producer in charge of production.
When first released, it was shown in theaters as a “one-time-only” event on March 24, 1970 for one night only. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary, Features. In 1999, this film was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in its National Film Registry.
After its “one-time-only” showing it was occasionally seen on commercial television (unedited and with limited interruption) and for a short period released for home video on the Pacific Arts label and distributed to the educational market by Richard Kaplan Productions. Then for many years it was no longer available and rarely seen. Finally, in 2010 Richard Kaplan who had long felt that KING should be seen by a new generation who knew of it only by reputation, set up a not for profit company A Filmed Record Inc. and produced a DVD using master elements he had stored over the years. A Filmed Record, Inc. released the DVD for home video use on a limited basis and KING was once again available after 40 years of being a “lost” film. In 2012 A Filmed Record, Inc. (with the cooperation of the estate of Ely Landau producer of the original film) entered into an agreement with Kino Lorber giving them world wide exclusive rights to distribute King and to make possible it’s being seen by the largest possible audience. Kino Lorber, Inc. in partnership with The Library of Congress and with the cooperation of the Museum of Modern Art, has restored and remastered the original enabling 35 mm prints and the film is available once again both on DVD and Blu-ray. Kino Lorber and Kaplan are currently preparing a nation-wide commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and King’s “I Have A Dream” speech. It will kick-off with a New York screening of the film at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAMcinématek on August 13, 2013, followed by a screening at Film Forum on August 28, 2013 and will play in 20 other cities as well. Kino Lorber is also launching an educational outreach campaign to provide the 24 minute abridged film, Legacy of a Dream, for free to every high school in America.
- “…deserves to be known as one of the greatest documentaries of all time” – CriterionCast
- “A piece of history of immense power” – Los Angeles Times
- Alive Mind Cinema
- A Filmed Record, Inc. webpage
- Greenspun, Roger (March 24, 1970). “Movie Review: King A Filmed Record Montgomery to Memphis (1970) Screen: The Pilgrimage of Martin Luther King Jr.”. The New York Times. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
- Legacy of a Dream
- King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis at the Internet Movie Database