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King in the Wilderness

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Docu examines last years of MLK's life; language, violence.

Movie NR 2018 111 minutes
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This is a comprehensive retrospective look at King and his influence through the eyes of friends and colleagues who were there, marching and pushing for change with him. King in the Wilderness makes the great looming historical figure human, emphasizing the difficulties King faced as he weighed the views of all stakeholders and still pushed ahead based on his sense of moral obligation to fight segregation and other inequalities nonviolently. In one example, a White woman spits in his face and he replies, "You are much too beautiful to be so mean." While today we may read sexist undertones into his response, the effect was humanizing and the woman later returned to apologize for being so rude.

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