The Arts Bank Remembers Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


On Sunday, January 20, the Stony Island Arts Bank will screen rare footage and films celebrating the illustrious life and profound legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Arts Bank will also pull select materials from our special collections for display and interaction. All ages are welcome, this event is free and open to the public.

All screenings are first-come, first serve. Capacity is limited. Doors open at 12pm.

12:15PM: Reaction Film: Black Power (1975)

Filmmakers: Mert Koplin and Charles Grinker

The short documentary Reaction Film: Black Power analyzes and defines “Black Power” through descriptions by its leading exponents.

12:30PM: Cicero March (1966)

This short documentary by The Film Group details a civil rights march on September 4, 1966 through Cicero to protest restrictions in housing laws. White residents of Cicero respond with vitriolic jeers as the police struggle to prevent a riot. Followed by short footage of King in Chicago.

12:45PM: The Spirit & Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. (various)

A compilation of rare footage featuring Martin Luther King, Jr. and fellow activists, from 1955 – 1968.

2:30PM: Selma (2014, PG-13)

A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965, directed by Ava Duvernay.