Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X: National Geographic's Upcoming Docuseries

National Geographic's Genius: MLK/X

With Martin Luther King Jr. Day approaching, National Geographic is gearing up to release a new eight-part docuseries that delves into the complex lives of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. The docudrama aims to examine not only the historical events that these two iconic figures inspired but the important people in their lives that helped shape their identities.

The series hopes to pay homage to the legacies of both men and their family members and to serve as a timely reminder of the ongoing relevance of their contributions to the fight against racial inequality.

Divergent Paths

As the series unfolds, it navigates through the turbulent years of the 1960s when King and Malcolm X championed their respective movements for racial equality. King, advocating nonviolent activism, led the civil rights struggle from the church pulpit. Meanwhile, Malcolm X, pursued Black empowerment and self-determination, confronting white supremacy in a different manner.

A Tribute to Legacy and Sacrifice

Beyond the historical narrative, the series pays tribute to the sacrifices made by Coretta Scott King, the wife of King, and Betty Shabazz, the wife of Malcolm X. Their roles as activists and the challenges they faced after the assassinations of their husbands are integral to understanding the broader impact of the civil rights movement.

A Fateful Meeting on Capitol Hill

The real-life meeting between King and Malcolm X was brief but symbolic. The docuseries offers a gripping portrayal of this encounter, capturing a moment that foreshadowed the divergent paths these leaders would take. "We meet at last," declares Malcolm X as they shake hands, setting the tone for the clash of ideologies that would define their legacies.

Behind the Scenes

"Genius: MLK/X" boasts a stellar cast, with Weruche Opia portraying Coretta Scott, and Jayme Lawson as Betty Shabazz.

The series lineup of executive producers includes well-known figures in Hollywood, such as Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Kristen Zolner, Reggie Rock Bythewood, Gina Prince-Bythewood, and Francie Calfo.

"Genius: MLK/X" will begin airing every week on National Geographic starting February 1, followed by its release on Disney+ and Hulu, promising an insightful journey into the lives and impact of these influential civil rights leaders.

PHOTO HEADER: Martin Luther King Jr., played by Kelvin Harrison Jr., marches in protest in "GENIUS: MLK/X." (National Geographic/Richard DuCree)