King Boston has selected Boston-based filmmaker Roberto Mighty to produce and direct America’s first documentary, multimedia and online project about Martin Luther King, Jr and Coretta Scott King’s pivotal years in Boston in the early 1950’s. http://www.robertomighty.com/mlkb/

Director’s Statement

“My vision for the film will take stylistic cues from narrative filmmaking. The documentary will explore the romantic relationship between Coretta Scott and Martin Luther King Jr. when they met as college students in Boston; where they went and what they were doing in the city; and their dreams for a life of activism and family. From the beginning, they were committed to making the country a better place. In the end, they made the world a better place. The project will show that history and make it relevant to today’s worldwide audiences - utilizing living witnesses, interactive storytelling, immersive new media installation and graphic animation.”

For the first time on television and modern multimedia, Legacy of Love brings to light the mostly unknown story of Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott’s formative years in 1950’s Boston, where they met as students, fell in love, overcame the odds, and started on the road to becoming worldwide leaders and iconic symbols for the civil rights of people all over the world.

During this period, Martin Luther King earned a PhD from Boston University in systematic theology, deepening his ideas on religion and politics, while also serving on the ministerial staff at a local Black Baptist Church. A lifelong musician, Coretta Scott received a degree in music education in voice and violin from the New England Conservatory of Music, later incorporating song and poetry into her important civil rights work. 

Dr. King maintained a significant relationship with the City of Boston, receiving critical support from local religious and political leaders like James Reeb, the Unitarian Universalist minister who was murdered during the voting rights demonstrations in Selma; Professor Howard Thurman, the first Black Dean at Boston University’s Marsh Chapel and the man widely credited with introducing King to Mohandas Ghandi’s concept of nonviolent resistance; and Reverend Michael Haynes, Pastor of Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury where King was Assistant Pastor. 

In later years, King deposited archival material for future research at Boston University; Coretta Scott King was awarded an honorary doctorate from the New England Conservatory of Music, and in 1965, Dr. King testified before the Massachusetts Legislature and held a march from the South End to the Boston Common where he spoke on civil rights. 

King Boston is a privately funded non-profit working closely with the City of Boston to create a new memorial and programs about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King and their time and work together in Boston, co-founded by Paul English and Reverend Liz Walker.

For more information about the film, please contactrobertomighty@gmail.com.

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To commemorate its 20th anniversary, the Favorite Poem Project is about to embark on a new series of videos—this time featuring members of the BU community, as well as distinguished guests, in all fields. The new Favorite Poem videos will be filmed in partnership with the BU Arts Initiative, which is celebrating their fifth anniversary. 

Roberto Mighty is the filmmaker commissioned to produce the new series, which will appear on the Favorite Poem Project website, favoritepoem.org. The Favorite Poem videos are a collection of short documentaries showcasing individual Americans reading and speaking personally about poems they love. The videos have been regular features on The PBS NewsHour and are a permanent part of the Library of Congress archive of recorded poetry and literature. 

The Favorite Poem Project is dedicated to celebrating, documenting and encouraging poetry’s role in our lives. Robert Pinsky, the 39th Poet Laureate of the United States, founded the Favorite Poem Project shortly after the Library of Congress appointed him to the post in 1997.

The BU Arts Initiative works to ensure the integral role of the arts in the educational experience of every BU student. The Initiative supports faculty, student, and staff projects, making sure the arts are deeply embedded within the cultural and intellectual fabric of the University.

Roberto talks about the role of literature in his family. “When I was growing up, my parents used to recite poetry around the house. Daily life was always connected to the arts. I try to bring that sensibility to my work in film and new media. I'm honored to receive this commission."

Robert Pinsky says "We admire Roberto’s skill and imagination. On a grand scale, his videos are distinct examples of creativity and visual sophistication; on an individual scale, he places vocality at the center of each speaker’s personal experience. Our partnership with Roberto will continue the tradition of the Favorite Poem Project, with its focus on the dignity of the individual voice."

As America’s first Artist-in-Residence at a National Historic Landmark cemetery, Roberto Mighty created 29 short films about the landscape and diverse individuals interred at Mount Auburn Cemetery. He was Artist-in-Residence at Harvard Forest, and is Adjunct professor at Emerson College's Department of Visual and Media Arts.  www.robertomighty.com

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