Recent national events — from the senseless murder of George Floyd to the horrific white supremacist attack on the U.S. Capitol — indisputably illustrate that Dr. King’s life work remains vitally relevant, perhaps more than ever,” said Mark Quigley, the John H. Mitchell Television Archivist at the UCLA Film & Television Archive, a division of UCLA Library.
The archive’s collection includes more than 100 moving image holdings relevant to the study of the iconic civil rights leader, ranging from newsreels to TV documentaries. Students, faculty and researchers may view these holdings by appointment through the Archive Research and Study Center, located in Powell Library, when the center resumes in-person operations. “These holdings offer numerous perspectives that provide significant research entry points to help illuminate the immeasurable contributions that King has made to American society and the world,” Quigley said.
Some of the archive’s videos can be found on YouTube, including King’s visit to Los Angeles prior to the presidential election of 1964 and King at the signing of the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964.