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Genius: MLK/X: Graduation (ABC Thursday February 1, 2024)

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In a groundbreaking new series, ABC and National Geographic takes viewers on an intimate journey through the formative years of two iconic figures in American history—Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. Aptly titled “Genius: MLK/X,” this episode, entitled “Graduation,” will air on Thursday, February 1, 2024 at 9:01 PM.

“Genius: MLK/X” shines a spotlight on the youth of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, exploring the influential forces that shaped their lives during the tumultuous era of Jim Crow segregation in the South. The narrative delves into their family dynamics and early experiences, shedding light on how these individuals were molded by their environment.

The plot is centered around pivotal moments in both men’s lives—the release of Malcolm X from prison and Martin Luther King Jr.’s graduation from Boston University—as they embark upon separate but parallel paths that would forever change America. These milestones mark not only significant personal achievements but also ignite a budding rivalry between them.

What sets “Genius: MLK/X” apart is its commitment to going beyond well-known historical images and showcasing these renowned leaders as multidimensional individuals with complex personal lives. The series highlights their roles as husbands, fathers, brothers, and sons—revealing their humanity to audiences like never before.

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Equally noteworthy are the portrayals of Coretta Scott King (played by Weruche Opia) and Betty Shabazz (played by Jayme Lawson), wives who often find themselves relegated to peripheral positions in previous accounts about King and X’s legacies. In “Genius: MLK/X,” these formidable women take center stage alongside their spouses; depicted not merely as supporters but as equals whose contributions significantly impacted both men’s journeys.

Viewers can expect nuanced exploration of private moments between historical events—a window into the doubts faced by King and X personally while grappling with questions related to faith, resolve, and decision-making. The series acknowledges the challenges they encountered while striving to balance their public personas with their private lives.

While King and X held different perspectives and only met once, “Genius: MLK/X” recognizes the vital roles each played in the other’s success. Their intersecting narratives form a captivating backdrop against which key themes of civil rights, racial pride, economic self-sufficiency, loss, faith, and personal growth are explored.

Talented actors Kelvin Harrison Jr. portrays Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., bringing depth to one of history’s most revered figures alongside Aaron Pierre as Malcolm X—a character known for his uncompromising convictions.

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Prepare to be drawn in by this extraordinary episode that delves beyond well-trodden territory into the complex inner lives of these influential figures. Tune in to ABC on Thursday February 1st at 9:01 PM for “Genius: MLK/X – Graduation.”

Featured Image Credit: ABC


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