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Peace Talks Radio: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Path To Nonviolence (59:00/54:00)

From: Good Radio Shows, Inc.
Series: Peace Talks Radio: Hour Long Specials
Length: 59:01

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Martin Luther King Jr.'s journey to a philosophy of nonviolence and his lasting legacy as a peace proponent is recalled in interviews with his daughter, the late Yolanda King, and one of King's top colleagues in the civil rights movement, Dr. Dorothy Cotton. This program is also available in a 29:00 version at PRX.

Yolandaking_small IMPORTANT: Please have your local announcer read the following script before and after this show. "The following (preceding) program, featuring an interview with Yolanda King, the daughter of the late Martin Luther King Jr., was recorded in 2004. Yolanda King died, at the age of 51, May 15, 2007." PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Two women with very close ties to Martin Luther King Jr. reflect on how King developed into one of the great moral and political philosophers of the 20th century and how his philosophies might still guide the world through troubled times today. Dr. Dorothy Cotton was the highest ranking female in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, founded by Dr. King. From 1960 to 1972 Dr. Cotton was the educational director for SCLC and worked very closely with Dr. King. The late Yolanda King was the eldest daughter of Dr. King. She was an internationally known motivational speaker and actress whose personal mission in life was to inspire positive social change and world peace. Ms. King died in May of 2007 at the age of 51. Ms. King and Dr. Cotton were interviewed separately in 2004 by phone by show host Carol Boss. The entire program includes about 15 minutes of excerpts from talks by Dr. King, along with music by U2 ("Pride in The Name of Love") and 1960's recordings by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Freedom Singers. Newscast Compatible (but airing a newscast will pre-empt a compelling King speech clip). Program is split into two parts that can be run as separate half hours. The two 29 minute parts can stand alone and are separated by a minute long music bed. A 29:00 version of the program is also available on PRX: http://www.prx.org/piece/3124

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IMPORTANT: Please have your local announcer read the following script before and after this show. "The following (preceding) program, featuring an interview with Yolanda King, the daughter of the late Martin Luther King Jr., was recorded in 2004. Yolanda King died, at the age of 51, May 15, 2007." PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Two women with very close ties to Martin Luther King Jr. reflect on how King developed into one of the great moral and political philosophers of the 20th century and how his philosophies might still guide the world through troubled times today. Dr. Dorothy Cotton was the highest ranking female in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, founded by Dr. King. From 1960 to 1972 Dr. Cotton was the educational director for SCLC and worked very closely with Dr. King. The late Yolanda King was the eldest daughter of Dr. King. She was an internationally known motivational speaker and actress whose personal mission in life was to inspire positive social change and world peace. Ms. King died in May of 2007 at the age of 51. Ms. King and Dr. Cotton were interviewed separately in 2004 by phone by show host Carol Boss. The entire program includes about 15 minutes of excerpts from talks by Dr. King, along with music by U2 ("Pride in The Name of Love") and 1960's recordings by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Freedom Singers. Newscast Compatible (but airing a newscast will pre-empt a compelling King speech clip). Program is split into two parts that can be run as separate half hours. The two 29 minute parts can stand alone and are separated by a minute long music bed. A 29:00 version of the program is also available on PRX: http://www.prx.org/piece/3124

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Review of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Path To Nonviolence (59:00 Version)

The first half of this show--the interview with Doroty Cotton, Dr. King's assistant at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference--is really wonderful.
The second half is less so--King's daughter Yolanda has become a 'motivational speaker,' and she speaks with all the shallowness one would expect from a practitioner in that field. Also, the focus on nonviolence gets lost--and a deep, in-depth disucssion of nonviolence is deeply necessary at the moment--especially some way of trying to comparae how King dealth with Vietnam and how we are dealing with Iraq at the moment. . But what works best in this show, of course, is the chance to listen to Dr. King, in several long excerpts from his speeches. I believe there may be a half-hour version of this featuring jsut Dorothy Cotton's interview, and I think that would be a fine piece to play at almost any time, not just Dr. King's birthday

Broadcast History

New for 2005.

Timing and Cues

00:00:00-00:00:59 - Open Billboard
00:01:00-00:05:59 - Optional MLK Content for Non-newscast Stations
00:06:00-00:29:00 - Part One
00:29:00-00:29:59 - Cutaway - Music
00:30:00-00:59:00 - Part Two

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