Civil Rights (00:54)
King reads a speech as images of the civil rights movement are displayed in this opening segment.
Economic and Racial Segregation (01:05)
Learn about the history of oppression African-Americans have faced.
King's Education and Philosophy (02:17)
King, like his father, became an accomplished public speaker. He was an ordained minister at 18 and received his PhD from Boston University at 26.
Injustice on City Buses (04:50)
In 1955, King led a non-violent protest against segregation after the arrest of Parks. Listen to the speech King delivers to establish and maintain a bus boycott.
King Faces Violent Consequences (02:53)
In 1956, Dr. King was arrested for the first time and his home was bombed. King reads a speech as images of violence towards blacks are displayed.
Formation of the Civil Rights Movement (02:51)
King founded the SCLC and trained others on the methods and principles of nonviolent resistance. In 1957, King made his first national address. A year later, he was stabbed in the chest.
Civil Rights Activities (02:22)
In 1960, black college students illegally filled lunch counter seats, and the new term "sit-in" was born. Kennedy reads a speech as images of nonviolent protest are displayed.
John F. Kennedy's Influence (03:14)
In 1960, many African-Americans gained hope for a national revolution. In 1961, Freedom Riders traveled throughout the south fighting segregation.
National Broadcast of the Movement (03:33)
In 1962, King and other leaders put a focus on Birmingham, Alabama. He wrote "Letters from a Birmingham City Jail" after his arrest on April 12, 1963.
Movement Finds National Success (02:47)
On May 2, 1963, 1,000 children were sent to jail for illegal marching. Kennedy agreed to push landmark civil rights legislation through congress.
March on Washington (02:45)
This historic march took place in August, 1963. King reads his speech as images of the march are displayed.
Kennedy's Assassination (03:07)
Learn about violence against civil rights leaders and activists. King predicted his own death.
Civil Rights Act of 1964 (02:11)
Johnson pledged to complete Kennedy's work on the Civil Rights Act. Dr. King was named "Time Magazine's" Man of the Year," and became the youngest person to win the Nobel Prize for peace.
Malcolm X: Black Nationalism (03:22)
As more white victims fell to the struggle of the movement, more white citizens began to take notice.
Voting Rights Act of 1965 (04:22)
In Alabama, only 1 out of every 100 black residents were able to register to vote. On February 21, 1965, Malcolm X was assassinated, becoming the militant factions first martyr.
Los Angeles' Watts Riots (03:52)
In 1966, Dr. King began organizing the poor in Chicago. Focusing back on the south, King met resistance from black power militants.
King's Stand on the Vietnam War (03:58)
King spoke out against America's involvement in Vietnam. King reads a speech as images of the war are displayed.
War At Home (02:31)
In March, 1968, King led a demonstration in Memphis, Tennessee; demonstrators turned violent. King spoke of the necessity of non-violent protest.
Murder of Martin Luther King Jr. (03:30)
Dr. King reads his speech as images of an unsettled American nation are displayed. On April 4, 1968 Dr. King was shot dead at 39. Over 200,000 Americans followed behind a mule-drawn carriage carrying his casket.
Aftermath of King's Death (02:52)
After King's death, riots broke out in over 100 cities and tens of thousands were arrested. Learn about the legacy of Dr. King.
Credits: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Historical Perspective (01:12)
Credits: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Historical Perspective
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