Interviews and story on Democracy Now!, Jan 25, 2018 (read the transcript or watch the 45-minute broadcast at the original weblink)
Introduction to the broadcast, by Democracy Now!:
Fifty years ago this April, Reverend Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. He was just 39 years old. Today we look back at the last three years of King’s life, beginning after President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Despite passage of the monumental legislation, King set his eyes on new battles by launching a Poor People’s Campaign and campaigning to stop the Vietnam War. King’s decision to publicly oppose the war isolated him from many of his closest supporters. We feature clips from a new HBO documentary about King’s last years, titled King in the Wilderness and we speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Taylor Branch, who wrote America in the King Years trilogy and is featured in King in the Wilderness. We also speak to the film’s director Peter Kunhardt and writer Trey Ellis.