By 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr. saw his dream becoming "a
nightmare". Criticised by black militants, rejected by white allies, and
threatened with death as violence tore America apart, he delivered the
Massey Lectures, produced by Janet Somerville. Now -- for the first time -- she reveals the behind-the-scenes story leading to King's message of hope. Conceived, researched and prepared by Montreal-based journalist, Stephen Smith.
Participants in the program:
, former IDEAS producer and producer of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 1967 CBC Massey Lectures, Conscience for Change
, internationally-celebrated entertainer and close friend of Dr. King.
, friend and colleague of Dr. King at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.J. Herman Blake
, sociologist and former student activist in the 1960s; co-author of Revolutionary Suicide
with Huey P. Newton, co-founder of Black Panther Party for Self-Defence.David J. Garrow
, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr.
and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.Del Mackenzie
, CBC Radio's sound engineer on Dr. King's CBC Massey Lectures.Lew Auerbach
, IDEAS producer in 1967.
Left to right, Del Mackenzie, Janet Somerville and Lew Auerbach. Photo by Craig Desson, CBC Radio
The original 1967 CBC Massey Lectures, Conscience for Change
by Martin Luther King, Jr. is out-of-print. The lectures have been re-published in The Lost Massey Lectures: Recovered Classics from Five Great Thinkers
, published by House of Anansi Press
Watch A CBC Radio IDEAS Reunion
The speech excerpts featured on the program are copyright property of the King Center
Conscience for Change
(December 1967); I Have A Dream
Where Do We Go From Here?
Why I'm Opposed to the War in Vietnam
But If Not
Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution
The Drum Major Instinct
We've also created a preview of tonight's show. You can watch it below.
At one point in our interview with Dorothy Cotton, she broke into song and captivated everyone in studio. We didn't have room for it in the documentary, but you can hear it here: