My beautiful friend Clennon King returns for an inspired conversation on the state of our nation. He also shares about his own history of growing up in Georgia and his experiences with the civil rights movement. We also talk about a beautiful new piece of his in The Boston Magazine on the love affair between Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King.
Clennon L. King is an award-winning Boston-based journalist, historian, and documentary filmmaker. Born to a prominent civil rights family in Albany, Georgia, King was inspired by his father, the late C.B. King, an attorney who represented civil rights demonstrators, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (no relation) during the 1961–1962 Albany movement.
King graduated from The Putney School in 1978, earned a degree in English from Tulane in New Orleans, studied law briefly at University College London, and then pursued film studies at New York University’s Graduate School of Film and Television. His early career included a three-year stint as a special assistant to Dr. King’s top aide, Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young. King also served as the City of Atlanta’s film bureau chief and government-access TV station manager under Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson.
King left the public sector to delve into journalism in earnest, reporting as an on-air TV reporter for network affiliates in Dallas (KXAS), Atlanta (WSB), Miami (WSVN), Jacksonville (WTLV/WJXX), Mobile (WALA), and Boston (WGBH). He has also contributed to The Boston Globe.
His awards include an Emmy® nomination from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Suncoast Chapter, a regional and national Edward R. Murrow, and a National Association of Black Journalists’ News award. King’s reporting on race has also been recognized by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
King is the father of two adult sons, Crawford and Jordan, and resides in Roxbury, Massachusetts, home to his company, AugustineMonica Films. King founded his video production house in 2002, and in addition to producing fundraising and marketing videos for area nonprofits, the house also has to its credit three diversity program offerings. His first was the award-winning documentary Passage at St. Augustine: A 1964 Black Lives Matter Movement That Transformed America, which was presented at the Putney School, Vermont, in 2016. King’s second, the 65-minute documentary entitled Fair Game: Surviving a 1960 Georgia Lynching, premiered last August at Martha’s Vineyard Strand Theatre in Oak Bluffs. The third offering is a slideshow-lecture MLK’s Boston Years, providing a granular look at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s New England years.
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