We’ve all seen the black and white news footage of police dogs attacking Black protesters or firemen turning their fire hoses on Civil Rights demonstrators or Emmett Till’s bloated and beaten face at his funeral. Without the media, it would’ve been up to the history books alone to describe the Civil Rights Movement. Even during the Movement, there was an interconnection between it and the media, and an MSNBC special aims to explore that relationship.
Re-airing on Sunday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Hope & Fury: MLK, The Movement and The Media explores how leaders of the Civil Rights Movement used the media to awaken the rest of America to the injustices of Jim Crow and segregation. “In focusing on the importance of ‘bearing witness,’ the film reveals how the media and the Movement impacted and influenced each other through the violent struggles and peaceful protests of the period,” according to press materials.
Hope & Fury will take viewers on an emotional journey from “the murder of Emmett Till to Little Rock to Selma to Memphis.” Rare archival footage, photographs, and interviews with witness, leaders, and journalists will present a unique perspective on Dr. King and the era. In addition, the film draws connections to the Civil Rights Movement and the present-day human rights violations in Ferguson and Charlottesville, to reveal how new media and the new movement are interacting and relate.
Hope & Fury: MLK, The Movement and The Media re-airs on Sunday, Jan. 20th, at 10 p.m. on MSNBC.