With INFINITE HOPE: MLK and the Civil Rights Movement includes interviews with several historians as well as people who participated in key events during the Civil Rights Movement. Interviewees include: Nelson Malden - King’s Barber in Montgomery and a member of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church; Dorothy Walker - the Site Director of the Montgomery Freedom Rides Museum; two women who participated in the Montgomery Bus Boycott; Freedom Riders Hank Thomas and Charles Person; three women who participated in the Birmingham Children’s March – including Carolyn Maull-McKinstry who was also at the 16th Street Baptist Church when it was bombed and is the author of While the World Watched; The Rev. F.D. Reese – who was responsible for bringing King to Selma; Sheyann Webb-Christburg – who marched when she was 9-years-old and later went on to write Selma, Lord, Selma; Jamie Wallace – the Managing Editor of the Selma Times Journal in 1965; The Rev. James Netters, who was the Memphis City Councilman who helped bring King to Memphis; Beverly Robertson – former President of the National Civil Rights Museum; Elaine Turner – a member of the Lee family – according to some sources, the most arrested family during the Civil Rights Movement; and Elmore Nickleberry – one of the striking Memphis Sanitation Workers. Members of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, where King was hired in 1954, recall King’s arrival in Montgomery and his trial sermon at Dexter. Others remember the logistics behind the Montgomery Bus Boycott and King’s first speech as the Head of the Montgomery Improvement Association – the organization that spearheaded the boycott and thus began King’s ascent as the unofficial, albeit recognized, leader of the Civil Rights Movement. After Montgomery, the Movement focuses on three major conflicts: The Freedom Rides, The Birmingham Children’s March, and the March from Selma-to-Montgomery. Through participants’ first-hand accounts, as well as context provided by historians, we get a behind-the-scenes look at how King and other civil rights leaders marshalled a movement. With the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, King and other leaders of the movement saw that they were able to address racial inequality through legislative action. King then turned his attention to the intersection of racial and economic inequality. And it is the focus on these two interrelated issues that brings King to Memphis in 1968 for the Sanitation Workers Strike. Through first-hand accounts from participants, we hear of King’s last march in March of 1968. It is the failure of that march which compels King to return to Memphis in April. In remembrance of the events of April 4, 1968, the discussion turns to issues such as: the larger context of the Civil Rights Movement, what made King such a great leader, and how his focus evolved over the course of the movement. The documentary concludes by taking the words of one of the most well-recognized songs of the movement and asking participants, “How far have we come and how much do we still have to overcome?” Producer Bios: James A Rada, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Journalism at Ithaca College. He has produced four feature-length documentaries: With INFINITE HOPE: MLK and The Civil Rights Movement (2018); Meet Me at Equality: The People’s March on Washington (2013); Deeds Not Words: The Buffalo Soldiers in World War II (2011); and Brown @ 50: A New Generation of Footsoldiers (2004). Chrissy Guest (M.F.A, Full Sail University, 2011) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Arts, Sciences, and Studies at Ithaca College. She instructs television production courses. Her broadcast career spans fifteen years as a photojournalist, assignment editor and director for news affiliates in Syracuse, N.Y. Guest’s research centers on career trajectory for women entering the animation field. Her documentary film series Beyond Ink & Paint: The Women of Animation examines the studio culture surrounding women working in the animation industry beginning in 1970. Guest has interviewed nearly 60 prominent women working across varying animation disciplines.