Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 17, 2022

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Director’s Statement: Directing a piece about the man who changed the course of American history was a dream come true for me. Dr. King has been a huge figure in many of our lives, and growing up he was the only person in my household that wasn’t related to me whose picture was hanging in my family’s living room. I was always interested in who he was, and I soon learned why his picture frame was bigger. When I asked my grandmother aka “Mama Dot,” she responded with, “He’s the man who cared enough about us to fight for our freedom by putting his life on the line for equality.” And the rest was history.

The experiences I have had during my lifetime are the direct result of his work six decades ago, and when Wavelength asked me to Direct this piece, I had to come correct with the right subjects to help me say “Thank You.”  Through this film we hope to amplify who He was and is, because his impact is multi-generational, and his word and work lives on today.- Coffey

Executive Producer’s Statement: It has been nearly 60 years since American civil rights activist and minister Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic I Have A Dream speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. As we reflect on the meaning and impact of his very powerful words, we recognize the many ways that the ideals spoken about in his speech, his teachings and his overall life’s work, continue to be relevant in the present. In the context of today’s social activism and civil disobedience, Dr. King’s call for peaceful non-violent resistance and our continued battle for racial equity show the many parallels between that time period in history and the modern times in which we live.

When we consider the message of his words, we must recognize that when Dr. King spoke of the dream he was really speaking of the promise – the promise that everyone would be treated equally one day, that people would be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character and that economic parity could be achieved in our society. The reality is that we are living on islands of prosperity among oceans of poverty. We are not living equally to our neighbors – and none of us can be secure until our next door neighbors are secure. It is to recognize the principle that none of us can be free until all of us are free.

Dr. King – and so many during his time – made a conscious decision to be a voice for the causes that matter. There were so many brave and courageous men and women, all taken away from us before their time, who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we might all be free.

On this day, we are reminded of the importance of our ongoing work as a community. By bringing together a collection of powerful voices from all walks of life to reflect on what Dr. King and his work continues to mean to them and how it informs their own work and activism, we aim to create dialogue – and action – that will be sustained. We recognize that our society is not just in a moment, but in a movement, so we will work to lift our voices and those around us, to continue towards that dream that we know is still possible.

Brenda Robinson
Executive Producer/Consultant
Wavelength

Brenda Robinson is an entertainment attorney and producer. Brenda currently serves on the boards of Film Independent and The Representation Project and is currently the Chair of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. She is an executive producer on numerous projects including Passing, directed by Rebecca Hall. Brenda is a member of The Recording Academy and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) under the Documentary Branch.


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