Story of Dr. King’s life heads to the big screen

20May09

 

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Suzanne de Passe, the chairman and CEO of de Passe Entertainment who began her career at Motown Records, along with Steven Spielberg and Madison Jones, will produce the first motion picture authorized by The King estate that examines the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

DreamWorks Studios acquired the rights to the life of the civil rights leader from The King Estate. Dr. King smartly copyrighted his speeches and other written works during his lifetime. The collection of intellectual property will be used to “create the definitive portrait of his life.”

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1929, Dr. King graduated from Morehouse College in 1948 with a B.A. in sociology. He later enrolled in Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania and received a Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1951. He received a Ph.D. from Boston University in systematic theology in 1955. While in Boston, he met and married Coretta Scott. To their union, two daughters and two sons were born.

As a pastor in Montgomery, Alabama, he launched the Civil Rights Movement in December 1955 by staging a bus boycott — a nonviolent demonstration by local Black people to end segregated seating on city buses. He delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963 at the March on Washington in front of 250,000 people. The following year at the age of 35, he received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work as a civil rights leader. He was the youngest person to ever receive the honor.

Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee, at the age of 39, on a balcony at the Lorraine Motel. The motel is now a civil rights museum.

Speak your peace.




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