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Watch PBS NC for Special Programming on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

On Monday, 1/17, PBS North Carolina will bring you special programming to commemorate and honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., exploring his role in the Civil Rights Movement and examining the influence of his legacy today. Explore below to find our tv schedules, watch more films available for streaming, and explore educational resources for teachers and families.

PBS NC Schedule

2 PM 1964: The Fight for a Right

3 PM With Infinite Hope: MLK and the Civil Rights Movement

4 PM John Lewis: Get in the Way

5 PM 86th Annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

9 PM With Infinite Hope: MLK and the Civil Rights Movement

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NC Channel Schedule

12 PM 1964: The Fight for a Right

1 PM With Infinite Hope: MLK and the Civil Rights Movement

2 PM John Lewis: Get in the Way

3 PM Freedom Summer | American Experience

8 PM The Innovators

Find your local NC channel.

More PBS Shows and Films Streaming Now

Eyes on the Prize

Eyes on the Prize tells the definitive story of the civil rights era from the point of view of the ordinary men and women whose extraordinary actions launched a movement that changed the fabric of American life, and embodied a struggle whose reverberations continue to be felt today. Narrated by political leader and civil rights activist Julian Bond (1940-2015).

Eyes on the Prize is streaming now only with PBS NC Passport.

Awakenings (1954-1956)

Individual acts of courage inspire Black Southerners to fight for their rights.

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Awakenings (1954-1956)
Eyes on the Prize
Awakenings (1954-1956)
Fighting Back (1957–1962)
Eyes on the Prize
Fighting Back (1957–1962)
Ain't Scared of Your Jails (1960-1961)
Eyes on the Prize
Ain't Scared of Your Jails (1960-1961)
No Easy Walk (1961-1963)
Eyes on the Prize
No Easy Walk (1961-1963)
Mississippi - Is This America? (1963-1964)
Eyes on the Prize
Mississippi - Is This America? (1963-1964)
Bridge to Freedom (1965)
Eyes on the Prize
Bridge to Freedom (1965)

PBS NewsHour "Rare Martin Luther King, Jr. signatures found in jail log" (2/25/21)

In February 2021, rare documents with 12 signatures of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sold for more than $130,000. They were penned in an Alabama jail logbook after King was arrested in April 1963 for leading a march against racial segregation. Rikki Klaus reports on the unprecedented item as part of the PBS NewsHour arts and culture series, CANVAS.

MPT Presents Finding Fellowship

Finding Fellowship follows three racially-segregated churches in Quince Orchard, Maryland that had each fallen on hard financial times. In 1968, as members of the three churches debated the consequences of merging, it was announced that Martin Luther King Jr. had just been murdered. Despite King's assassination, the three churches voted to merge their congregations into one.

American Experience: Civil Rights Collection

Featuring a selection of our award-winning films from Stanley Nelson (Firelight), documenting pivotal moments in the 20th century civil rights movement— along with articles, digital shorts and original features exploring America’s continued struggle with race, democracy and justice.

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Dr. King's Bookshelf

Clayborne Carson discusses King's relationship to the Bible, his opinion of Marx, and the science fiction novel that helped shape his activism.

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Books for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The titles featured include children’s books about Dr. King, fiction and nonfiction books about ordinary people who stand up for what’s right, and stories about helping others and giving back.

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