Written by Jack Meltzer
The series, which contains a greeting by Eastern President Elsa Núñez, was researched, written and produced by Dwight Bachman, public relations officer at Eastern. The series will air all day on Jan. 18, the national celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on Channel 22, Eastern's cable channel. It will air on even hours all day beginning at and ending 24 hours later on Jan. 19.
The series, which Eastern Professor of Theatre Ellen Brodie described as "an on-going beacon lighting the memory of Dr. King and a loving gift to future generations," begins with a look at the forces that brought this humble Baptist preacher out of his pulpit and pushed him into the forefront of the civil rights movement. From there, it moves on to the role King played in desegregating the transit system of
"Much emphasis is put on Dr. King's tactic of nonviolent civil disobedience, for which he won the Nobel Prize for Peace," said Bachman. "We often forget King's goals of fairness for everyone, and an end to segregation, injustice, racism and discrimination. King did not die for non-violence; he died fighting for fair pay and economic justice - for
The series originally aired in 1983 on the Stamford, CT-based Satellite News Channel (SNC), where Bachman was a news producer at the time. Jose Grinan, SNC anchorman, narrates the series. Nick Messina, director of media services at Eastern, and Craig Naumec, multimedia production technician in Media Services, recreated the series for the