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What are the best documentaries to watch on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day?

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day is near yet again. A day where people honor the achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. To many, he was more than just a public figure. For some of you that might be wondering who he is or what he did, here's the rundown. He first gained national attention in 1955. He was part of a famous bus boycott movement by African Americans in Montgomery, Alabama. At the time, he was a baptist minister who promoted the use of nonviolent means to end racial segregation. In 1957, he founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He's viewed as the most influential African American civil rights leader in the 1960s. Through his leadership, the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 came into existence. The act itself barred discrimination in public accommodations, facilities, and employment. His leadership also had a role in lifting the Voting Rights Act of 1965. For all that he's accomplished, he received the award for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Sadly, his claim to a prosperous life ended shortly soon after. On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. News of his unfortunate death sent waves of emotions around the world. There was an outpouring of anger among African Americans. Along with a period of national mourning, it hastened the passing of an equal housing bill. It was the last significant legislative achievement during the civil rights era. As we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, let us once again honor his memory. These are the best documentaries to watch on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day!

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  1. 1Eyes on the Prize

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    Eyes on the Prize is a television series and a 14-part documentary about the Civil Rights Movement in the United States of America. It narrates the fight to end decades of discrimination and segregation. It's also a candidate for numerous awards.

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  1. 2King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis

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    King: A Filmed Record ... Montgomery To Memphis is a 1970 documentary film biography on the life of Martin Luther King Jr. It showcases his leadership of a nonviolent campaign for civil rights and socio-economic justice during the Civil Rights Movement.

  2. 3King in the Wilderness

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    King in the Wilderness is an HBO original documentary on the life of Martin Luther King Jr. The film highlights the final chapters of his life which revealed a leader who faced numerous criticism from both sides of the political spectrum.

  1. 4Soundtrack for a Revolution

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    Soundtrack for a Revolution is a 2009 documentary film about the struggles fought by young African-American activists during the Civil Rights Movement. The documentary heavily emphasizes the power of music and the effect that it had on the revolution.

  2. 5King: Man of Peace in a Time of War

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    King: Man of Peace in a Time of War is a documentary about the life of Martin Luther King Jr. that was released in 2007. It features his work and contribution in attempting to bring peace to people during the unrest of the Civil Rights Movement.

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RankAnswersTypeVotesPrice
1Eyes on the PrizeTV Shows 20 Paid
2King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to MemphisMovies 13 Paid
3King in the WildernessMovies 9 Paid
4Soundtrack for a RevolutionMovies 2 Free
5King: Man of Peace in a Time of WarMovies 1 Free
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