5 Movies Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
April 4, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
A leader in the Civil Rights movement, King advocated for non-violent protests to improve the rights of African Americans.
In a world where Blacks were not seen as equal to Whites, he used his influence to try and end segregation, as well as get his people the right to vote. He is remembered for leadership and many inspiring speeches.
There are many movies that depict the injustices King attempted to fight. Some of the films you may want to share with your family include:
David Oyelowo stars as Martin Luther King Jr. in this bio-drama that depicts the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
Lee Daniel’s The Butler
Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) witnesses history and plenty of changes for African Americans during his years of service as a butler in the White House from 1952 until 1986.
Richard and Mildred Loving (played Joel Egerton and Ruth Negga) never intended to be history makes. All the mixed-race couple wanted was to get married – but by doing so, they challenge the laws of the State of Virginia.
Segregation at NASA is exposed when the space agency needs extra brain power to accomplish the moon missions. And the best minds belong to some brilliant African-American women (Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe).
In Jackson, Mississippi, in1962, an aspiring writer (Emma Stone) explores what life in the white community looks like from the perspective of their African-American maids (Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer).