Trinity Broadcasting Network will honor Martin Luther King Day on January 20 with a poignant, two-hour documentary remembering the catastrophic September 15 1963 bombing at Birmingham, Alabama's 16th Street Baptist Church that killed four African-American girls and shook America's attention, marking a major change in the nation's momentous civil rights struggle.
The documentary which includes segments from two powerful programs produced by TBN last September in Birmingham to remember the 50th anniversary of the bombing and the start of the civil rights movement, according to a press release.
The documentary will also feature original footage of major civil rights events and speeches by Dr. King, and will be comprised of interviews with leaders like Dr. Bernice King, daughter of civil rights trailblazer Dr. Martin Luther King, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Birmingham Mayor William Bell, Alabama U.S. Congresswoman Terri Sewell, Texas U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, comedian and actor Bill Cosby, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, and countless other prominent people.
"The civil rights movement has always been about forgiveness and reconciliation. As this TBN documentary so ably demonstrates, when people lay down bitterness and forgive the grievous wrongs of the past, then God's love has the power to reconcile, renew, and bring blessings for future generations," said Birmingham's More Than Conquerors Faith Church paqstor, Rev. Steve Green in a press release.
The special will also feature cameos by Grammy and Dove Award-winning gospel singers Donnie McClurkin, Cece Winans, Jason Crabb; songwriter and star of 1980's comedy Amen, Clifton Davis, and Former NY Mets and Yankees icon Darryl Strawberry.
"This documentary, and our involvement in last year's commemoration in Birmingham, was a labor borne out of hope of continued healing for our nation," said TBN Vice President Matthew Crouch in a press release. "We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with so many courageous people who have paid the price to ensure freedom and equality for all Americans."
This special TBN program commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King and honoring America's civil rights movement will broadcast on Monday, January 20th, at 10 p.m. EST (9 p.m. CST, 7 p.m. PST).