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The Witness [electronic resource]: From the Balcony of Room 306

Lorraine Civil Rights Museum
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
I wondered for many years, reveals the Rev. Billy Kyles, "why I was there at that crucial moment." Rev. Kyles stood only a few feet away from Dr. Martin Luther King when the eminent civil rights leader was assassinated. This Academy Award-nominated documentary features Rev. Kyles' reflections on the tragedy-and on the events leading up to it, most notably the sanitation workers' strike that Dr. King had come to Memphis to support. A compelling view into the development of the SCLC's Poor People's Campaign, the film includes interviews with Maxine Smith, then executive secretary of the Memphis NAACP branch, and Dr. Benjamin Hooks, former NAACP executive director.
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Run Time
33 min.
11 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Aug. 09, 2009.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
From the balcony of room 306
  • Reflection on the Death of Dr. Martin Luther King (4:21)
  • Martin Luther King's Radical Revolution of Values (3:10)
  • Police Violence Against Peaceful Black Marchers (4:29)
  • Dr. King's Final Speech (4:31)
  • Dr. Martin Luther King's Final Hours (3:23)
  • Description of Martin Luther King's Death (3:55)
  • Witness to an Assassination (5:45)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2009], c2008.
Publisher no.
40368 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (33 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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