This second installment of Tavis Smiley Reports examines the forgotten agenda of Martin Luther King Jr., whose famed “Beyond Vietnam” speech, given at Riverside Church in 1967, led to an abrupt loss of his popularity in the last year of his life.
The program explores the relevance of King’s anti-war position to the current U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the significance of the Nobel Peace Prize, an honor bestowed upon both King and President Barack Obama.
Tavis Smiley Reports MLK: A Call to Conscience is based on dozens of hours of interviews with King’s friends and with scholars who study his legacy, including:
- Dr. Vincent Harding, drafter of the “Beyond Vietnam” speech
- Clarence Jones, King’s legal advisor
- Dr. Cornel West, a leading expert on race in America
- Dr. Susannah Heschel, daughter of activist Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
- Dr. Clayborne Carson, director of the King Institute at Stanford University
- Marian Wright Edelman, Organizer for the Poor People’s Campaign with King
- Taylor Branch, Pulitzer Prize-winning King historian (more…)