|In commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 16), please join us for a screening of The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306 (runtime 26 minutes). The film recounts the events of April 4,1968, when the Reverend Samuel “Billy” Kyles stood beside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee and bore witness to his brutal assassination. Through Rev. Kyles’ recollections of those fateful moments and the days leading up to them, The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306 is a poignant retelling of a crucial turning point in the civil rights movement and a vibrant reminder of Dr. King’s impact on the movement and our nation.
Following the screening, Dr. Jason Miller, associate professor of English at NC State, will discuss his groundbreaking discovery of a recording of Dr. King’s Rocky Mount speech – a precursor to King’s famous “I have a dream” speech delivered in Washington, DC. The discovery made international news when Miller unveiled the recording in August 2015 at the Hunt Library.
Co-presented by 9th Wonder’s service organization Black Jedi and the NCSU Libraries.
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