As the official dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in the District approaches, the DC American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) announced the release of a video commemorating the late civil rights leader’s lasting legacy.
The Living Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. profiles a collection of current leaders who speak on how King’s work changed their lives. Those interviewed include Freedom Rider the Rev. Perry A. Smith, renowned journalist Colman McCarthy and former U.S. Secretary of State, Gen. Colin Powell.
The film will air live during the pre-dedication ceremony on Aug. 28 and will also be broadcast on public television stations nationwide.
“It is important to capture the extraordinary life of Dr. King, and to show how his steadfast pursuit for civil and human rights remains relevant today,” A. Barry Rand, CEO of AARP said in a statement. “We believe this video will inspire Americans, particularly those who remember how he fought for peace among all people, so they can share his message of justice, democracy and hope with today’s generation.”
The Living Legacy will also feature footage from the Civil Rights movement and commentary from various justice groups and organizations.