Alpha Man: The Brotherhood of MLK

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Alpha Man: The Brotherhood of MLK
Promotional poster
Written byYaminah Ahmad
Annika Young
Directed byRob Hardy
Narrated byHill Harper
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Dianne Ashford
Hill Harper
Rob Hardy (executive producer)
Will Packer (executive producer)
for Rainforest Films
Running time30 minutes
Original networkBET
Original release
  • August 28, 2011 (2011-08-28)

Alpha Man: The Brotherhood of MLK is a television documentary film that reveals the story of Martin Luther King Jr.’s fraternity days as a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. Produced by Rainforest Films, the half-hour special originally aired August 28, 2011 on BET. The documentary special was scheduled to debut on the same day as the much-anticipated official dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial statue on the National Mall in Washington, D.C..[1] The statue's dedication, which was to coincide with the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington and King’s "Dream" speech, was postponed[2] until October 16, 2011 due to Hurricane Irene.[3][4]


Alpha Man: The Brotherhood of MLK tells the little-known story of Martin Luther King Jr.'s fraternity days as a member of the country’s first collegiate black fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha. Hosted and narrated by Hill Harper, the film gives first hand accounts by King's associates and follows King from a 23-year-old divinity student in Boston and 1952 Alpha pledgee to Nobel Prize-winner and leading civil rights pioneer. The documentary also includes never been heard excerpts from King speaking at the 50th Anniversary of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the only time he spoke at an Alpha convention.[5]

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  2. ^ Associated Press (August 25, 2011). "Dedication of MLK Memorial postponed by hurricane". USA Today. Retrieved 2011-08-25.
  3. ^ Weil, Martin (2011-09-11). "MLK memorial dedication set for Oct. 16". Post Local. The Washington Post. Retrieved 2011-09-12.
  4. ^ Associated Press (2011-09-14). "New date set for MLK memorial dedication". CBSNEWS. Retrieved 2011-09-14.
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