…..I thought it was time to get out of mothballs the 1978 “King” miniseries, produced and aired on NBC (as a counter to ABC’s “Roots” the year before?).
Very accurate in some aspects concerning King’s life, but LOTS of composite Movement characters, substituting for Jesse Jackson, Bayard Rustin, A. Philip Randolph, C.T. Vivian, Selma, Alabama Sheriff Jim Clark and others. (Ramsey Clark, Julian Bond and Tony Bennett [!] portray themselves. Maynard Jackson, the mayor of Atlanta, played a subsitute of Whitney Young, and Yolanda King played Rosa Parks.) And Malcolm X makes a cameo in 1966 (!) as a substitute for Stokely Carmichael. Between this and “Selma,” filmmakers seem to have a problem with Stokely (Kwame)–so much so that even Malcolm X is preferable.