Episode Information

Two Tributes to King
Share this Content

In this episode:

King's Last March and Jazz Tributes to Martin


King's Last March
Although it was one of the most challenging and controversial chapters of his career, the final year of Dr. King's life has not been the focus of significant public attention. This dramatic and illuminating documentary marks the 40th anniversary of Dr. King’s death on April 4, 1968. The program uses a rich mix of archival tape, oral histories and contemporary interviews to paint a vivid picture of what may have been the most difficult year of Dr. King's life.

 Dear Martin" is a program of jazz tributes to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King was a jazz fan, and eloquently expressed his admiration for the music in his opening remarks to the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival.

The program features music from Oliver Nelson's 1969 album Black, Brown and Beautiful; Nina Simone's performances of "Sunday in Savannah" and "Mississippi Goddam," from a concert taped just three days after King's death in 1968; Blue Mitchell's "March on Selma"; Duke Ellington's "King Fit De Battle of Alabam"; Mary Lou Williams' "Tell Him Not to Talk Too Long"; and two 1970 recordings from Louis Armstrong.


Related Content:
Links for this Episode: