We celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on January 21. Here is a curated set of film clips that serve to recall the major challenges of inequality, segregation, and violence that faced the African American community in the Jim Crow racial system of the 1940s and 1950s. These videos capture some of the signal moments in that struggle through the 1960s. Dr. King’s contribution to American history is truly pivotal in this “second American revolution”.
Dr. King on the Montgomery Bus Boycott, 1955
Little Rock Nine, 1957
Freedom Riders, 1961 video
The integration of Ole Miss 1962
Voter registration in Mississippi, 1963
The March on Washington 1963
The Birmingham Church Bombing 1963
The murder of Chaney, Goodman, Schwerner 1964 [1:22]
Dr King in Montgomery, 1965
Bloody Sunday, Selma 1965
Martin Luther King, I’m tired of violence, Yazoo, 1966
Martin Luther King, Montgomery to Memphis 1965 documentary
(with video of “I have a dream” speech” at the end)
Here is a Prezi version of this collection; link.