“Legacy of a Dream” Film for Students

King PhotoIdeal for acquainting a new generation with the man behind the dream of equality for all, Legacy of a Dream is a 24 minute film that uses selected footage from the 180 minute Academy Award nominated documentary “KING: A Filmed Record; Montgomery to Memphis” to present a shorter account of Dr. King’s non-violent campaign for civil rights and social justice. It uses only original newsreel and other primary material, unvarnished and unretouched, and covers the period from the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955 through his assassination in 1968. This film has a powerful narration spoken by James Earl Jones and provides an excellent overview of the struggle for civil rights and “the right to protest for right.”

Edmund W. Gordon, John M. Musser Professor of Psychology, Emeritus Yale University and founder of Head Start, after viewing declared, “…a splendid documentary. I would enthusiastically endorse the idea of making access to this material available to school children in middle and high school.” Richard Kaplan, the producer, says, “This is an opportunity to acquaint a new generation with an essential chapter of our history.  As the philosopher George Santayana has said “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”” Elizabeth Sheldon, Vice President of Kino Lorber, “LEGACY OF A DREAM is a rare resource of archival material that will bring Dr. King to life for a new generation.”

Free Streaming and downloading available to all students and classrooms in America and Canada. For more information, visit http://alivemindcinema.com/legacy/.

We the People Film Project

Oral HistoryHelp document Pasadena’s rich and vibrant community by participating in the Pasadena Public Library’s “We the PPL” documentary project by sharing recorded oral histories, pictures and community stories.

The project will record, preserve and share your stories and life experiences via digital video and photographs.  If you, your family, your club, organization, or faith community would like to “tell your story,” let us know!  We can film your longer story by appointment or add your digital photographer to our Community Story Board.

Stories and photos will be part of the library’s online gallery at www.pasadenapubliclibrary.net and linked via PPL’s social media.  For more info, call Shauna Redmond (626) 744-4210 or email sredmond@cityofpasadena.net.

MLKCC Traveling Film Series

King FilmReferred to “a piece of history of immense power” by the Los Angeles Times and as “one of the greatest documentaries of all time” by CriterionCast, the Martin Luther King Community Coalition Traveling Film Series promoting peace and understanding presents, King:  Montgomery to Memphis, a 3-hour 1970 documentary film biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s non-violent campaign for civil rights and social justice and uses only original newsreel and other primary material, unvarnished and unretouched.  The film covers the period from the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955 through his assassination in 1968.

King:  A Filmed Record…  From Montgomery to Memphis
Monday, February 10, 2014
Altadena Library
600 East Mariposa Street
Altadena, CA 91001
Phone: (626) 798-0833
5:oo p.m-8:30 p.m.

FREE to the public

The original newsreel segments are framed by celebrity narrators Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, Ben Gazzara, Charlton Heston, James Earl Jones, Burt Lancaster, Paul Newman, Anthony Quinn, Clarence Williams III, and Joanne Woodward.  The movie was produced by Ely Landau.  Richard Kaplan was the associate producer in charge of production.

When first released, it was shown in theaters as a “one-time-only” event on March 24, 1970 for one night only. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary, Features.  In 1999, this film was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in its National Film Registry.

After its “one-time-only” showing it was occasionally seen on commercial television and for a short period released for home video. Then for many years it was no longer available and rarely seen. Finally, in 2010 it was released on DVD for home video use on a limited basis and KING was once again available after 40 years of being a “lost” film. In 2012 it was restored and remastered and the film is available once again both on DVD and Blu-ray.

Source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King:_A_Filmed_Record…_Montgomery_to_Memphis

Essay Finals Tuesday December 11 at 6:30pm

drum rollAnd the winner is…

We’re getting close to announcing our winners among the finalists. Of course, everyone who entered is a winner; and we did have some amazing essays and art work submitted this year. (In the past, each new wave of student writers has raised the bar of excellence higher, and this year was no different!)

If you’re a finalist, you’ve received a letter to share your essay in an evening of student readings. Of course, we invite the entire community to enjoy an evening of thoughts provoked by the work and philosophy of Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.

What are our young people thinking in this new era of bipartisanship and strife in our globalized world? What do they think about our local community and efforts to uphold the rights and opportunities for all individuals equally? We invite you to find out!

Join us at 6:30pm, December 11, 2013 at Franklin Elementary School at 527 West Ventura Street, Altadena, CA 91001.

The March on Washington: A Tribute, 50 Years Later

CAAMThe California African American Museum (CAAM) celebrates the  historical event with an exhibition featuring loaned items as well as artifacts and other ephemera from CAAM’s History Collection in tribute to the thousands of “foot soldiers” who made a tangible difference in the lives of future generations and impacted our society for the better.  It is estimated that 250,000 men and women, black and white, young and old, traveled significant distances to converge on the Washington Monument Mall, and raise their voices in unity to demand jobs, freedom, and equality for all Americans. The August 28, 1963, March on Washington became a watershed moment in the struggle for Civil Rights.  This exhibition lasts until February 23, 2014.  Visit their website for more information:  http://www.caamuseum.org/web_pages/current_exhibitions_march_washington.htm.