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MLK Special

LOS  ANGELES, March 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Award-winning  broadcaster, Tavis Smiley, the New York Times best-selling author of  "Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final  Year," will premiere a 2-hour tribute to King on The Word  Network, Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

Starting  with a deep dive into the most courageous and controversial speech King  ever delivered, the 2-hour broadcast will feature The Word  Network premiere of Smiley's documentary "MLK: A Call to  Conscience", which delves into "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break  Silence," delivered on April 4, 1967, at Riverside Church in New York  City, exactly one year to the day before his assassination in Memphis,  Tennessee. According to Dr. Vincent Harding, who helped King write the  speech, King's strong words about the triple threat facing American  democracy – racism, poverty and militarism – put a target on King's  back.

The  second hour of "MLK50: A Call to Conscience" will feature rare  interviews with the people who knew him best and loved him most.  The  tribute includes Smiley's conversations over the years with King's  immediate family, including Coretta Scott King's last national  interview, and a host of other friends, confidantes, scholars and  admirers including Maya Angelou, Joan Baez, Harry Belafonte, Taylor  Branch, Michael Eric Dyson, Marian Wright Edelman, John Lewis, Barack  Obama, Cornel West, Andrew Young and many more.

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