A Civil Rights Visionary on NBC's Meet The Press

NBC’s coverage of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s was pioneering. Featuring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on programs such as Meet the Press, and coverage of the bus boycott in Alabama and school integration in Arkansas, NBC News brought breaking civil rights news to the nation daily.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of many historic milestones in the civil rights movement, including the "March on Washington" where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech that helped inspire the nation to drive change.

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, NBC News has provided us with this compelling interview with Dr. King from its archives. In this March 28, 1965 Meet The Press interview, Dr. King discusses the March from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama to help raise awareness of the difficulty faced by black voters in the South and the need for a Voting Rights Act, which passed later that year. 

February also marks Black History Month and Comcast is proud to celebrate it by providing special programming across multiple platforms to recognize African American culture and contributions.  We've launched a new online destination to highlight Black History Month programming available on Xfinity TV and we continue to offer year-round content on Black Cinema On Xfinity On Demand, which includes themed movie collections highlighting African American films, filmmakers and actors. 

Some of NBC News’ most iconic programs on civil rights are currently available on www.nbcuniversalarchives.com, including: NBC News Special: White Paper Sit-In (December 20, 1960), NBC News Special Report: Alabama USA (May 22, 1961), David Brinkley’s Journal: Election Year in Average Town (June 18, 1964), NBC News Special: Who Can Vote (June 8, 1965), NBC News Special: Mississippi A Self Portrait (May 1, 1966) and NBC News Special: After Civil Rights - Black Power (June 11, 1967).  NBC News Archives is the oldest television news collection in the U.S. and one of the world's largest broadcast news libraries, dating back to the first NBC Nightly News program in 1948.

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, many of our employees will pay tribute to him by giving back to the communities we serve.


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