Martin Luther King: An Amazing Grace


We are proud to present a screening of the only first black-produced documentary on the iconic civil rights leader. This 1978 film provides a historical overview of Dr. King’s life, with excerpts from his most famous speeches. It also features interviews on Dr. King’s legacy with such notable figures as Stokely Carmichael and Rev. Jesse Jackson. Produced by seven-time Emmy-winning TV host Gil Noble and written by the great James Baldwin, this is a slice of history both on screen and behind the scenes.
And as a special treat, we’ll be showing an ultra-rare 16mm print of a 1972 interview with Angela Davis, who stopped by Malcolm X College during her presidential campaign for a conversation with fiery journalism pioneer Lutrelle “Lu” Palmer. It’s entirely possible that no one has seen this 20-minute film since it was made.

Martin Luther King: An Amazing Grace (1978, 62 min., 16mm print courtesy of Chicago Film Archives)
preceded by
Interview with Presidential Candidate Angela Davis (1972, 20 min., 16mm print courtesy of private collector)

Black Cinema House
6901 S. Dorchester Ave.