College to Screen Martin Luther King Interview April 19

See the rare film, and meet the cinematographer, during a free event at Suffolk Community College with the African American Museum of the East End.

Suffolk County Community College Multicultural Affairs and the African American Museum of the East End invite the public to a free screening April 19 of a rarely seen one-hour interview with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The interview, produced by Arnold Michaelis, was filmed in King's Atlanta home in December 1965. Cinematographer George Silano, a resident of North Haven and the only surviving member of the film crew, will facilitate the screening with the museum's Brenda Simmons. Silano tracked down the film at the University of Georgia, which holds Michaelis' media archive.

In the interview, King speaks on the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War, and the film also includes an interview with his wife, Coretta Scott King.

The interview was also screened in January at Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton Village as part of a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Simmons, a co-founder of the African American Museum of the East End, recently interviewed Silano on her LTV show "Voices of Wisdom." Watch part one and part two of the interview on YouTube.

The free events begins at 7 p.m. April 19 at the Suffolk Community College Riverhead campus Shinnecock building, room 101. Admission is free.


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