Daytona Times celebrates 40th with MLK film

Seldom-seen documentary premieres April 3
FROM THE DAYTONA TIMES STAFF

The Daytona Times will kick off a yearlong celebration of its 40th anniversary of continuous weekly publication with the Florida premiere of a rarely seen civil rights documentary at the Museum of Arts & Sciences (MOAS).

Titled “KING: A Filmed Record…Montgomery to Memphis,” the Academy Award-nominated documentary film is constructed from a wealth of archival footage. It follows King from 1955 to 1968 in his rise from regional activist to world-renowned leader of the civil rights movement.

Speeches, testimonials
Rare footage of King’s speeches, protests and arrests are interspersed with scenes of other high-profile supporters and opponents of the cause, punctuated by testimonials by some of Hollywood’s biggest stars of that era, including Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, Ben Gazzara, Charlton Heston, James Earl Jones, Burt Lancaster, Paul Newman, Anthony Quinn, Clarence Williams III, and Joanne Woodward.

The landmark film will be shown in its three-hour entirety – with an intermission after the first 90 minutes – in MOAS’ Root Family Auditorium, which seats 266 people. The museum is located at 352 S. Nova Road, Daytona Beach.
“KING” premieres at MOAS on Tuesday, April 3 – the day before the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1968 murder – at 1:30 p.m., with repeat showings on May 1 at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Admission is free.

Previously shown one time
The film was originally presented as a one-night-only special event on March 20, 1970. Since that time, it has occasionally been circulated in a version shortened by more than an hour.

The version to be aired in Daytona Beach was mastered in High Definition from the 35mm preservation negative. It was newly restored by the Library of Congress, in association with Richard Kaplan, and utilizes film elements provided by The Museum of Modern Art.

“My brother Glenn (Dr. Glenn Cherry, CEO of the Daytona Times) and I remember seeing this documentary in 1970 when it originally aired on television,” explained Daytona Times publisher Charles W. Cherry II.

‘His own voice’
“We have always believed the best way to understand Dr. King is to hear him speak in his own voice, and to read his speeches and writings. I never forgot the scene in the film where Dr. King is on a private plane and talking about his experience in trying to move the civil rights movement north to Chicago.

“This film will show moviegoers a side of Dr. King and the civil rights movement that most Americans have never seen. It’s especially appropriate and poignant to see it again 50 years after he was killed.

“We are pleased to work with MOAS to bring this film to the Daytona Beach area,” Cherry concluded.

Top-notch museum
MOAS is the primary art, science and history museum in Central Florida. The area’s largest museum, MOAS is nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate.

Located on a 90-acre Florida nature preserve, the facility hosts over 30,000 objects including the Dow Gallery of American Art; one of the finest collections of American art in the Southeast, the Schulte Gallery of Chinese Art; and the Bouchelle Collection and the Gallery of Decorative Arts.

It also houses the Cuban Foundation Museum, showcasing one of the most significant collections of Cuban paintings in the United States; the Prehistory of Florida Gallery featuring Florida’s Giant Ground Sloth skeleton and the Root Family Museum, displaying restored railroad cars, antique automobiles and the largest collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia in Florida.

Children’s experience, planetarium
The Helene B. Roberson Visible Storage Building exhibits thousands of objects from many donors which are owned by the Museum, while the Linda and Charles Williams Children’s Museum presents an interactive experience for children.

A state-of-the-art planetarium and the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art showcasing the largest collection of Florida-based art in the world, rounds out the areas to explore inside the Museum of Arts & Sciences.

The screenings of “KING” are the first of a series of events celebrating the newspaper’s 40th anniversary.

According to Cherry, an art exhibition and an awards program are in the planning stages.

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