Martin Luther King: American Prophet 2008 03 29 (BBC 2)
“Since his assassination in 1968, Martin Luther King has become known and celebrated throughout the world as a champion of freedom, a secular icon of human rights. But there's another side to this man that's in danger of being forgotten - King the raging prophet of God's judgement on the West, the Baptist pastor who said that his mission was 'to redeem the soul of America'.
Forty years after his death, politician and campaigner, Oona King, who has strong family links with MLK and the civil rights movement, goes on a journey through the Deep South in search of this aspect of his leadership. Along the way she meets a wide range of Martin Luther King's friends and colleagues, including his right-hand man, former Ambassador Andrew Young. Armed with her own questions about religion and its role in society, Oona explores with them the deep roots of King's thought and action. What kind of religion did he believe in? What made him tick? And what do we lose if we ignore King's spiritual, mystical vision?”
Mar 30, 2008, 11:28:55
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