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‘Citizen King’ in town

American Center Colombo in its weekly movie screening throughout February showcases cinema creations featuring the African American history month.

‘Citizen King’, a cinematic direction based on Martin Luther King will be screened on Tuesday, February 2at 6.00 p.m. at the American Center, Galle Road, Colombo-3.

Directed by acclaimed film-makers Orlando Bagwell and W. Noland Walker, the film utilizes archival photographs, film footage, diaries, letters, and interviews with fellow activists of King. The movie chronicles the trajectory of King’s personal transformations between the 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech and his tragic assassination.

In April 1963, a 34 year-old minister wrote a letter from behind bars in the Birmingham jail to his fellow clergymen. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” argued Dr. Martin Luther King.

“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” The campaign to end segregation in Birmingham marked a crucial turning point in Dr. King’s life, as he embarked on a controversial, often lonely struggle to redefine and redirect the movement he had helped lead. The quest would not end until his untimely death five years later.

In exploring the last few years of his life, this film traces King’s efforts to recast himself by embracing causes beyond the civil rights movement, by becoming a champion of the poor and an outspoken opponent of the war in Vietnam.

This two-hour documentary also explores the last five years in the life of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and historians illuminate this little-known chapter in the story of America’s most influential moral leader of the 20th Century.

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