New season of Emmy® Award-winning anthology series: Genius: MLK/X

Malcolm X, played by Aaron Pierre. Photo: National Geographic/Richard DuCree

THE newest instalment of National Geographic’s Emmy Award-winning anthology series, Genius, premieres this February. For the first time, the docu-drama series explores the lives of two iconic geniuses: Dr Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X. Genius: MLK/X will premiere on National Geographic (DSTV 181, StarSat 220) on Monday at 7.50pm (CAT) from 5 February 2024, with two new episodes double-billed each week.

Genius: MLK/X follows Dr Martin Luther King Jr (Kelvin Harrison Jr) and Malcolm X (Aaron Pierre) from their formative years, where they were moulded 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. Influenced as children by different upbringings and experiences, King by the Jim Crow-era South and life in the church before finding his voice at Morehouse and Boston University, and X growing up under the constant, deadly violence of the Klan and falling into a life of vice and incarceration where he was introduced to the Nation of Islam and found his voice. The two visionaries ultimately rose to pioneer a movement.

Kelvin Harrison Jr as Martin Luther King Jr. Photo: National Geographic/Richard DuCree

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.

Coretta Scott King, played by Weruche Opia Photo: National Geographic/Richard DuCree

Watch the trailer here.

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