JETflix Friday: MLK Edition
The life of Martin Luther King Jr. is not only honored annually with a holiday, but it is also recognized in film. Continue the celebration by watching some of the most riveting movies that capture his legacy best. Listen to your favorite Dr. King speech and then grab the popcorn, because these films are JET approved! JETflix Friday: MLK edition starts now…
This incredible TV mini-series first aired in 1978 over a series of three episodes, and the cast was stellar. Paul Winfield played the Nobel Prize winner,; Cecily Tyson portrayed his wife, Coretta Scott King; and Ossie Davis took on the role of Martin Luther King Sr. The Emmy-nominated film follows the life of Dr. King from his days as a minister in Atlanta to his assassination in Memphis.
OUR FRIEND, MARTIN
Creative, funny and inspiring, Our Friend, Martin, is a great way to share the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to children. The animated film is a refreshing and modernized tale that follows Miles (Robert Ri’chard) as he travels back in time and meets the civil rights leader himself during a school field trip. Angela Bassett, LeVar Burton and Whoopi Goldberg are just a few of the stars lending their voices to the characters in this movie.
SELMA, LORD, SELMA
When 11-year-old Sheyann Webb (Jurnee Smollett) listens to a speech by Dr. King (Clifton Powell) in 1965, she is moved to join the Civil Rights movement. It is not until she participates in the historic march from Selma to Montgomery that she truly understands the struggle of the times.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s story hit the TV waves again in 2001, when Jeffrey Wright played the historic leader. Terrence Howard made an appearance, too, as Ralph Abernathy. This movie takes a specific look at the bus boycotts of Montgomery, and it won an Image Award for Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special the following year.
KING: A FILMED RECORD…MONTGOMERY TO MEMPHIS
With interviews from Bill Cosby, Ruby Dee, James Earl Jones, Harry Belafonte and many more, this documentary follows the activist’s life and the entire Civil Rights movement. Produced in 1970, the film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary in 1971.