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MLK’s 'I’ve Been to the Mountaintop': One Filmmaker’s Tribute

Championing a nonviolent movement for social equality, Martin Luther King, Jr., became the catalyst for monumental change. In this powerful piece, filmmaker Salomon Ligthelm creates a visual interpretation of King's final speech, "I've Been to the Mountaintop," using found archive footage. King delivered the speech the night before his assassination in 1968.

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