People, Jul. 11, 1977

Playing Martin Luther King Jr. would be a challenge for any actor, but for Paul Winfield (Sounder, Hustle) it is something more: the repayment of a debt. "If not for Martin," he says, "I doubt I would have been able to make a success of acting. He raised black people's aspirations and changed white folks' opinions." Winfield co-stars with Cicely Tyson (as Coretta) and Ossie Davis (as Martin Luther King Sr.) in NBC'S two-part special on King scheduled to air Nov. 6 and 7. Although the 1965 Selma civil rights march, led by King,...

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