- Category: Arts & Entertainment
- Published: 21 February 2019
Tuesday, February 26, 9 p.m.
On April 4, 1968, Memphis became the intersection for a civil rights leader and a killer. Roads to Memphis is the fateful story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and James Earl Ray set against the seething, turbulent forces in American society that drove the two men to their violent and tragic collision. The first film to explore the mind of the elusive assassin, Roads to Memphis is directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Stephen Ives and produced by Amanda Pollak.
Roads to Memphis is both an incisive portrait of an America on edge that crisis-laden year and a cautionary tale of how the course of history can be forever altered by the actions of one individual. The film is told through eyewitness testimony from King's inner circle and the officials involved in Ray's capture and prosecution following an intense two-month international manhunt.
James Earl Ray was the most wanted suspect in the world when he was arrested in July 1969. Roads to Memphis examines who this "four-time loser" was who was able to assassinate the Nobel Prize-winning, charismatic leader of the civil rights movement. The film explores how the murderer managed to escape and elude authorities for months, the motivation for murder and how the mysterious man still remains is an enigma even today.
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Bonus Clip: Watch as producers discover the story behind archival footage that was shot after Dr. King was assassinated.