Friday Night Film Series: King in the Wilderness
(dir. Peter Kunhardt, 2018, 112 min)
This documentary chronicles the final chapters of Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr.’s life, revealing a conflicted leader who faced criticism from
both sides of the political spectrum. While the Black Power movement
saw his nonviolence as weakness, and President Lyndon B. Johnson saw
his anti-Vietnam War speeches as irresponsible, Dr. King’s unyielding
belief in peaceful protest became a testing point for a nation on the
brink of chaos. Featuring not just archival footage but also behind-thescenes
video of Dr. King’s private moments and phone conversations
recorded by President Johnson, King in the Wilderness reveals stirring
new perspectives on Dr. King’s radical doctrine and his internal philosophical
struggles before his assassination in 1968.
Co-sponsored by Africana and Latin American Studies and the ALANA Cultural Center.
Friday, January 25 at 5:00pm