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Local filmmakers uncover MLK video from KSLA archives

KSLA News 12 footage of Dr. Martin Luther King in Shreveport for a voter registration rally KSLA News 12 footage of Dr. Martin Luther King in Shreveport for a voter registration rally
"Beyond Galilee" co-producers, Tim DeWayne (R) and Joey Kent (L) "Beyond Galilee" co-producers, Tim DeWayne (R) and Joey Kent (L)
"Beyond Galilee" co-producer, Tim DeWayne showing Domonique where Dr. MartinLuther King was sitting when he visited the Old Galilee Baptist 50 years ago "Beyond Galilee" co-producer, Tim DeWayne showing Domonique where Dr. MartinLuther King was sitting when he visited the Old Galilee Baptist 50 years ago
KSLA News 12 archives are stored at Noel Memorial Library at LSUS KSLA News 12 archives are stored at Noel Memorial Library at LSUS
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

They are boxes of film that have been stashed away for over 50 years.  They've recorded a painful part of Shreveport's history.  They are memories and many people would rather them stay boxed up. 

Now a documentary is dredging up what's been buried for five decades.  Joey Kent says he was floored by what he and co-producer Tim DeWayne uncovered.  The two-man crew are behind the story "Beyond Galilee."

Joey told KSLA Anchor, Domonique Benn,  at first they were afraid the documentary would ignite old feelings and create problems rather than solve problems.  "Beyond Galilee is a history lesson that details visits of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he spoke at Galilee Baptist and Little Union Baptist Church in Shreveport.  It was years before he became "King" of the civil rights era.

The co-producers knew Dr. King had visited and even had a tape recording of him that Civil Rights Activists Dr. C.O. Simpkins kept all of these years.  They also needed video proof to bring Dr. King to life in Shreveport.

After reaching out to nearly every local media outlet, they found what they needed in KSLA News 12 archives at Noel memorial Library at Louisiana State University at Shreveport.  It took hours to find what they were looking for.

Tim DeWayne says, "I guess you can say a bundle of film was really the goldmine."

After searching for hours, it was an old crusty piece of tape labeled parking problem at Negro rally that would be their gateway into telling the story of Dr. King's significance to Shreveport.

Apparently KSLA News 12 reporters were responding to a parking problem in the neighborhood 50 years ago.  In 1958, 1960, and 1962, when Dr. King came to Shreveport he hadn't reached his iconic status.  That's probably one reason the old film didn't display his name.  Instead our crews 50 years ago rushed to the scene to cover parking problems and five decades later, we now know Dr. King was at the center of it all.

Shreveport natives and local civil rights activistsDr. C.O. Simpkins and Mamie Love Wallace, and more were by Dr. King's side and interviewed for the documentary.  Kent says, "Shreveport deserves a role in the national movement. Not as aggressive as Montgomery, Birmingham or Selma but certainly on par with Memphis and Little Rock and some of those other cities."

The co-producers want all generations to know what happened here 50 years ago, was parts of the "I Have A Dream" speech were born in a church called Galilee.

Robinson Film Center   Matinee $7 per ticket
617 Texas Street
Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 12 p.m.     

Louisiana State Exhibit Bldg. at the Fairgrounds     $9 per ticket
Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 5 p.m.
Friday, March 1, 2013 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 5 p.m.
Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 5 p.m.

 

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