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If you go: Premiere of "Ken Hechler: Pursuit of Justice"

Apr. 02, 2008 @ 11:38 PM

WHAT: Premiere of "Ken Hechler: In Pursuit of Justice," a two-hour documentary focusing on the life, career and legacy of the former West Virginia congressman and secretary of state.

WHERE: Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room on the campus of Marshall University.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday, April 5.

HOW MUCH: Free and open to the public.

WHAT ELSE: Country music singer-writer Lionel Cartwright, composer, performer and producer of the documentary's soundtrack, will perform. Cartwright has written theme songs and scored music for more than 100 television shows, including the popular theme for Rachael Ray's "30 Minute Meals."

DID YOU KNOW? Hechler was the only congressman to march with Martin Luther King in Selma, Ala. He was the first congressman sponsoring legislation to limit coal dust and provide strict safety standards in Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969.

He led a campaign to more fairly appraise and tax West Virginia natural resources owned by out-of-state corporations. He cracked down on West Virginia political corruption and walked 530 miles with Doris "Granny D" Haddock on behalf of campaign finance reform.

WHO WAS INTERVIEWED: Filmmakers Russ Barbour and Chip Hitchcock began work on the project in July 2005. It will be airing nationwide on PBS later this year. They interviewed more than 50 people for the documentary, including Karl Fleming, Newsweek civil rights reporter in the 1960s; Doris "Granny D" Haddock, campaign finance reform activist; former U.S. Sen. George McGovern; Bos Johnson, former WSAZ-TV news director; David Tyson, former West Virginia Republican Party chairman; Phil Carter, civil rights movement activist; former U.S. Sen Bob Dole; and Woody Williams, formerly of the Veterans Administration.

COMING UP: Read a Friday Life story about Lionel Cartwright who did the music for the film and on Saturday, read a Q&A with Ken about his thoughts on the film.

PHOTO GALLERIES: Check out an extensive photo gallery of the political life of Ken Hechler at www.herald-dispatch.com.

OFFICIAL SITE: Go online at www. kenhechler.us for more info about the film, video clips, contact info and an extensive biography of this author, political leader, activist and scholar.