An examination of how Martin Luther King's mobilisation of the black population of America affected the nation's response to Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird', and its contemporary relevance. Martin Luther King's fight for the equality of black people in America was inevitably one of the factors that made Harper Lee's novel an instant bestseller and later an Oscar winning film. However, the narrator highlights the fact that there was still great opposition to black people having equal rights as southern white supremacy came under threat for the first time. Extracts from Martin Luther King's poignant speech 'I have a dream' feature alongside additional cinematic footage and images from the time as the narrator outlines the venomous backlash to the African-American civil rights movement. Concludes with a reflection of the novel's contemporary relevance by highlighting the story of a modern day Tom Robinson that carries undertones of racism within American society today.
Useful as an introduction to Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird'.
Useful for wider topic: 1960s American literature.
Gives insight into 1930s America and the African-American civil rights movement. Works well with clips: Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' - historical context (pt 1/3) and pt 2/3.
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