Premiere: Feb. 1 at 9/8c on National Geographic and next day on Disney+ and Hulu (and continues with two episodes every week through the end of February).
Description: “Genius: MLK/X” follows both Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) and Malcolm X (Aaron Pierre) from their formative years, where they 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. The docu-drama 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. “Genius: MLK/X” brings their wives, Coretta Scott King (Weruche Opia) and Betty Shabazz (Jayme Lawson), who are often portrayed as peripheral figures, to the forefront and shows them as formidable equals of the Movement. Episodes will explore the moments between the monumental historical events we’ve come to know and shine a light on how each leader and those closest to them questioned their resolve and decisions as they navigated the rigors of balancing a public persona with a private life. While King and X met only once and often challenged each other’s views, neither would have been as successful without the other.
- Gina Prince-Bythewood, Executive Producer
- Raphael Jackson Jr., Executive Producer and Showrunner
- Damione Macedon, Executive Producer and Showrunner
- Kelvin Harrison Jr., as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
- Aaron Pierre, as Malcolm X
- Weruche Opia, as Coretta Scott King
- Jayme Lawson, as Betty Shabazz
Jennifer Driscoll – Jennifer.Driscoll@natgeo.com
Kate Squier – Kate.Squier@natgeo.com