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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • SKU: PMD-001
  • Format: DVD
  • UPC: 760137294597
  • Street Date: 12/17/19
  • PreBook Date: 11/12/19
  • Label: MVD Visual »
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Run Time: 102 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 1963
  • Region Code: 0
  • Box Lot: 30
  • Territory: WORLD
  • Language: English


Cast & Crew

  • Actors:
  •       David Susskind
  •       Martin Luther King
  •       Jr.
  • Director: David Susskind
  • Producer: David Susskind
  • Director: David Susskind
  • Producers: David Susskind


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David Susskind Archive: Interview With Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

The historic interview that stopped JFK in his tracks...

David Susskind Archive: Interview With Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
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David Susskind's historical, long and intimate interview with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. originally aired on June 9, 1963. Now, restored by The Paley Center, this broadcast has not been seen in full since its original airing. Among the subjects discussed were the current state of the American Civil Rights Movement and the then recent events in Birmingham, Alabama. On that Sunday night in June, WPIX-TV (NY) cleared this extraordinary interview between Susskind (host of 'Open End') and the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. 'Open End' had recently been removed from the schedule of WNEW-TV because of the station's management reluctance to air discussions regarding race relations in America. WPIX picked up the ball, and the rest, as they say, became history. Susskind and Dr. King discussed the gamut of racial issues of the day, particularly Dr. King's disappointment at the speed at which the Kennedy Administration was moving regarding Civil Rights legislation. The interview so rattled the White House that President Kennedy responded by going on national television to defend his Administration's positions and to outline his push for what would later be the Civil and Voter's rights Acts.


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Sales Points

  • Recorded two months before the civil rights leader delivered his 'I Have a Dream' speech.
  • Restored by The Paley Center, this broadcast has not been seen in full since its original airing in 1963

Press Quotes

In his broadest attack to date on President Kennedy's Civil Rights record, the Southern Negro integrationist leader charged the President with a failure of leadership and with not having lived up to his campaign promises.

     —NY Times (June 1963)

The talk session, recorded for the 'Open End' program, abounded in so many highlights that the British Broadcasting Corporation has requested a copy of the tape for telecasting in England

     —New York Daily News

King was at his best that night, delivering his message in the powerful but measured tones that represented his non-violent movement. But the calmness on set belied the turmoil Susskind went through to get the program on the air, and therein lies a tale.

     —Los Angeles Times


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