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‘Genius: MLK/X’ Explores The Two Minds Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. & Malcolm X For One Movement

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Two Minds, One Movement. The highly anticipated limited anthology series, “Genius: MLK/X,” will focus on two iconic geniuses: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.

About ‘Genius: MLK/X’

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Kevin Harrison Jr. as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Courtesy of National Geographic)

The new season of the Emmy Award-winning anthology series will explore the formative years, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) and Malcolm X (Aaron Pierre) were molded by strong fathers and traumatic injustices, to their rich, parallel stories as they shaped their identities and became the change they wished to see in the world. 

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Aaron Pierre as Malcolm X (Courtesy of National Geographic)

The docudrama series offers an intimate look into their complex lives as husbands, fathers, brothers, and sons, taking them off the iconic T-shirts to show their humanity. 

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Kevin Harrison Jr. as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Weruche Opia as Coretta Scott King (Courtesy of National Geographic)

With their formidable wives, Coretta Scott King (Weruche Opia) and Betty Shabazz (Jayme Lawson), leading by their sides, King and X are two visionaries who ultimately rose to pioneer a movement.

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Aaron Pierre as Malcolm X, Jayme Lawson as Betty Shabazz (Courtesy of National Geographic)

Premiere Date

The premiere episode of “Genius: MLK/X” will air on Thursday, February 1 at 9/8c on National Geographic and will simulcast on ABC. 

Episode 2, “Who We Are,” premieres at 10/9c on National Geographic.

Two new episodes will be released on February 8th, 15th, and 22nd starting at 9/8c.

All episodes will be available to stream the next day on Hulu and Disney+.

Episode Guide

“Graduation” premieres Feb. 1 at 9/8c
Young Martin and Young Malcolm are groomed to embrace racial pride and develop their purpose.

“Who We Are” premieres Feb. 1 at 10/9c
Martin and Malcolm each work to shape their identities and become the change they wish to see in the world.

“Protect Us” premieres Feb. 8 at 9/8c
As their families blossom, both Martin and Malcolm ascend into powerful positions.

“Watch The Throne” premieres Feb. 8 at 10/9c
Martin and Malcolm each face struggles and challenges in their leadership roles.

“Matriarchs” premieres Feb. 15 at 9/8c
The pressures and expectations of public and private life take a toll on Coretta and Betty.

“The American Promise” premieres Feb. 15 at 10/9c
The March on Washington and the Kennedy Assassination have lasting effects for both men.

“The Sword and The Shield” premieres Feb. 22 at 9/8c
The two leaders meet briefly in DC while supporting the passage of the Civil Rights Act.

“Can You Imagine” premieres Feb. 22 at 10/9c
The two leaders are assassinated, but their legacies continue to inspire.

Watch The Trailer

Genius” is an incredible anthology series so I will be on time and seated for “MLK/X!” How about you?

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