Can’t Stop Watching: 5 Videos That Commemorate MLK Day

by | January 20, 2014 at 2:37 PM | Black Entertainment, Can't Stop Watching, Oprah Winfrey

Dr. King acknowledges the crowd for his "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington, D.C. Aug. 28, 1963. (Photo: AP)

Had he lived, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have celebrated his 85th birthday on January 15. Thanks to the effort of his late wife Coretta Scott King, family members, friends and countless others, today marks the 18th anniversary of the observation of his birth as a federal holiday. In honor of this American hero, I’ve come up with a few viewing options that I believe are in alignment with the dream he spoke of more than 50 years ago. Also, how has Dr. King’s dream touched your life? XFINITY invites you to share your experiences or watch others tell their stories. Visit here to upload a video telling your story. And when you’re done, feel free to download the complimentary ebook, ”His Dreams, Our Stories: The Legacy of the March on Washington,” here

One can’t discuss Dr. King without mentioning his iconic and often quoted “I Have A Dream Speech.” Watch him share this inspiration delivery from the March on Washington that took place Aug. 28, 1963.

Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech

President Barack Obama, often compared to Dr. King, has come to be the epitome of the civil rights leader’s dream. The 52-year-old’s rise to become President of the United States is heralded as the very thing the “I Have a Dream” speech captured. Relive the historic moment when Obama was sworn into office during his first presidential inauguration on Jan. 20, 2009.

Inaugural Ceremonies for Barack Obama

If there’s anyone that’s second to Obama as an example of Dr. King’s dream, it’s Oprah Winfrey. She’s become one of the most well-known and revered women in recent history. Check out the billionaire media maven doing her thing on her network’s “Super Soul Sunday” series.

Oprah & Steven Pressfield: Unlocking Your Creative Genius

Even though Dr. King and Malcolm X only met once, their wives and children would become very close friends. And while people like to focus on the different approaches they took to attain equal rights for all, they really had more in common than many care to acknowledge. Watch a clip from Spike Lee’s 1992 “Malcolm X” movie below and feel free to watch it here in its entirety with XFINITY On Demand™.

Malcolm X: Slave Mind

Although “The Autobiography Of Miss Jane Pittman” is fiction the story is reflective of the journey many black Americans traveled. Based on the Ernest J. Gaines’ novel, Miss Jane Pittman’s life is chronicled through her experience as a slave to the 1960s civil rights movement. I included it to show why the work of Dr. King and countless others was and still is very important.

Watch Cicely Tyson in 1974′s “The Autobiography Of Miss Jane Pittman”

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