King documentary to be screened Aug. 28

WCU will screen a documentary on Wednesday, Aug. 28, about Martin Luther King Jr. in honor of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

WCU will screen a documentary on Wednesday, Aug. 28, about Martin Luther King Jr. in honor of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Western Carolina University will screen “King – From Montgomery to Memphis” on Wednesday, Aug. 28, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. made his famed “I Have a Dream” speech.

The documentary, which is free and open to the public, will be shown at 7 p.m. in Niggli Theatre.

As part of the event, Jack Sholder, director of WCU’s Film and TV Production Program and an editor of the 1970 Academy-Award nominated documentary, will take part in a panel discussion.

The film features original footage of King, a civil rights leader known for his commitment to nonviolence, from the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955 to his assassination in Memphis in 1968.

The screening is one of the first events to be held on campus in connection with WCU’s 2013-14 interdisciplinary learning theme, “1960s: Take It All In.” Faculty, students and staff will be invited to attend special events and engage in research, reflection and discussion inspired by a decade of political upheaval, scientific accomplishments, extensions of pop culture, artistic expression, new synergy in feminism and civil rights.

For more information about the event, contact Sholder at 828-227-2324 or jsholder@wcu.edu.