King's Last March

Jan 17, 2014

Martin Luther King Jr. is jostled in Memphis as the march he's leading on March 28, 1968 turns violent.
Credit Photo courtesy University of Memphis Libraries.

Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Four decades later, King remains one of the most vivid symbols of hope for racial unity in America. But that’s not the way he was viewed in the last year of his life.

In the segregated South, black garbage workers stood on the lowest rung of the social order. Martin Luther King Jr. died while lending help to garbage collectors in Memphis, Tennessee who were fighting for equal rights. King's Last March is a remarkable documentary from American RadioWorks  about those turbulent days, King's death and its aftermath.  

King's Last March airs Saturday afternoon at 3 and repeats Sunday evening at 6.