Video reels highlight Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s lesser known - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Video reels highlight Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s lesser known work

(WMC-TV) - New video recordings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. years before he became the "king" of the civil rights movement were uncovered in Shreveport, Louisiana. That is where filmmakers are retracing Dr. King's early work.

The boxes of film were stashed away for more than 50 years. They were brought to life in a new documentary created by co-producers Tim DeWayne and Joey Kent.

The film is called "Beyond Galilee" and it retraces the steps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he spoke at Galilee Baptist and Little Union Baptist Church in Shreveport, LA.

"We were afraid that this might ignite old feelings and create problems rather than solve problems," said Joey Kent.

In order to bring King to life, they needed visual proof that he was there.

After reaching out to various media outlets in Shreveport, it was Action News 5's sister station, KSLA, that helped put the pieces together.

"I guess you can say a bundle of film was really a goldmine," said DeWayne.

In the KSLA News 12 archives was a crusty piece of tape labeled "parking problem at Negro rally". It was the gateway to uncovering Dr. King's significance in Shreveport.

"Reporters were responding to a parking problem in the neighborhood," said Kent.

In 1958, 1960, and 1962, when Dr. King was in Shreveport, he had not yet reached his iconic status.

That is probably one reason that the old film did not display his name.

Instead, crews 50 years ago rushed to the scene to cover the parking problems and five decades later, we now know that Dr. King was at the center of it all.

"Shreveport deserves a role in the national movement. Not as aggressive as Montgomery, Birmingham, or Selma but certainly on par with Memphis and Little Rock and some of those other cities," said Kent.

"It's a conversation starter and that's what it should be. That's what it should be," said DeWayne.

Copyright 2013 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Unsafe bleachers forcing Billingsley football team to play games on road

    Unsafe bleachers forcing Billingsley football team to play games on road

    Tuesday, August 22 2017 12:31 AM EDT2017-08-22 04:31:00 GMT
    (Sources: WSFA 12 News)(Sources: WSFA 12 News)

    Billingsley High School will be forced to play all of its football games this season on the road due to structural issues to the bleachers at Mims Field.

    More >>

    Billingsley High School will be forced to play all of its football games this season on the road due to structural issues to the bleachers at Mims Field.

    More >>
  • Arrest made in Bragg Street shooting in Montgomery

    Arrest made in Bragg Street shooting in Montgomery

    Monday, August 21 2017 11:29 PM EDT2017-08-22 03:29:36 GMT
    Curtis London (Source: Montgomery County Jail)Curtis London (Source: Montgomery County Jail)
    Montgomery police have made an arrest in the Sunday morning Bragg Street shooting of 23-year-old Marcus Cooley. Curtis London, 29, of Montgomery has been arrested and charged with capital murder says Cpt. Regina Duckett. It was around 3:30 a.m. Sunday when both the Montgomery Police Department and Fire Medics responded to a subject shot in the 1200 block of Bragg Street. Upon arrival, authorities found Cooley, who had sustained a fatal gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at t...More >>
    Montgomery police have made an arrest in the Sunday morning Bragg Street shooting of 23-year-old Marcus Cooley. Curtis London, 29, of Montgomery has been arrested and charged with capital murder says Cpt. Regina Duckett. It was around 3:30 a.m. Sunday when both the Montgomery Police Department and Fire Medics responded to a subject shot in the 1200 block of Bragg Street. Upon arrival, authorities found Cooley, who had sustained a fatal gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at t...More >>
  • Alex City Rescue Squad, ALEA searching for missing boater on Lake Martin

    Alex City Rescue Squad, ALEA searching for missing boater on Lake Martin

    Monday, August 21 2017 11:03 PM EDT2017-08-22 03:03:10 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is assisting the Alex City Rescue Squad in an ongoing search on Lake Martin.

    More >>

    The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is assisting the Alex City Rescue Squad in an ongoing search on Lake Martin.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly