King (miniseries)

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Written by Abby Mann
Directed by Abby Mann
Starring Paul Winfield
Cicely Tyson
Music by Billy Goldenberg
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Paul Maslansky
Cinematography Michael Chapman
Editor(s) David Berlatsky
Byron Brandt
Richard C. Meyer
Running time 300 minutes
Distributor NBC
Original release February 12 (1978-02-12) – February 14, 1978 (1978-02-14)

King is a 1978 American television miniseries based on the life of Martin Luther King Jr., the American civil rights leader and 1964 Nobel laureate. It aired for three consecutive nights on NBC from February 12 through 14, 1978. The miniseries earned nine Emmy Award nominations, including nominations for actors Paul Winfield, Cicely Tyson and Ossie Davis. Several real-life figures from the Civil Rights Movement had minor roles in the production, including then-Atlanta mayor Maynard Jackson, King's sister Christine King Farris, his niece Alveda King, and his four children: Yolanda, Martin III, Dexter and Bernice. Donzaleigh Abernathy, Tony Bennett, Julian Bond and Ramsey Clark each portrayed themselves.


Annazette Chase was considered to portray Coretta Scott King.[2]

DVD release[edit]

The miniseries was released on DVD on January 11, 2005, nearly 27 years after it first aired on television.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Waring is a fictitious character. In real life, his actions as depicted in the miniseries were performed by C. T. Vivian.
  2. ^ Kleiner, Dick (3 May 1977). "Beauty a Handicap, Miss Raffin Finds". Pittsburgh Press. Retrieved 25 April 2016. 

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