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National Geographic Dives Into The Parallel Lives Of Two Iconic Figures In 'Genius: MLK/X' Series

Genius: MLK/X

Ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, National Geographic has released the final trailer for its upcoming anthology series, Genius: MLK/X. The Emmy Award-winning docu-drama series will look into the parallel lives of two iconic figures, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.

Premiering on February 1, two episodes of the eight-part series will be released weekly on National Geographic at 9/8c, with next-day streaming available on both Disney+ and Hulu.

The first episode, titled Graduation, will also simulcast on ABC at 9/8c on the same day. GENIUS: MLK/X intricately explores the formative years, groundbreaking achievements, conflicting philosophies, and crucial personal relationships of both Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., played by Kelvin Harrison Jr., and Malcolm X, played by Aaron Pierre. King's advocacy for racial equality through nonviolent activism is contrasted with X's promotion of Black empowerment, identity and self-determination.

These iconic men have always been front and center but this series brings to the forefront the formidable roles played by their wives, Coretta Scott King, played by Weruche Opia, and Betty Shabazz, played by Jayme Lawson, depicting them as equals in the Movement. Although King and X had only one documented meeting and frequently challenged each other's viewpoints, the two visionaries, alongside their wives, pioneered a movement that continues to resonate today.

Check out the trailer for the series below.

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Star Jeffree
Star Jeffree
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Despite King and X's differing approaches that's not my neighbor to activism, their impact and legacy remain influential today.

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